In a welcome development for the transgender community, the All India Institute for Technical Education (AICTE) has altered its definition for “co-ed institutions”, which paves the way for transgender students to take admissions in these institutes. The new definition will be part of AICTE’s approval process handbook that contains all the norms and standards to be followed by technical institutions that seek AICTE approval. As of now, there are more than 3,000 institutes of engineering that are registered with the AICTE.
With this new rule announced by AICTE, transgender students can take admissions for perusing technical courses without the need to identify themselves as male or female. The new rule will also ensure that these students do not face any discrimination during admissions or during their education. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had also ruled in favor of the transgender community in 2014, wherein it had allowed transgender students the right to education and employment based on their third gender category.