India gets first transgender college principal

Published on May 27, 2015 20:27:27 PM

India has appointed its first transgender college principal in the state of West Bengal, said a report published on the Times of India (TOI).

Manabi Bandyopadhyay, who currently serves as an associate professor of Bengali at the Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya college, is set to take charge as principal of the Krishnagar Women's College on June 9.

India's transgender activists have hailed the decision as a proud day for the community that usually faces discrimination. Last year, India's Supreme Court declared the transgender community as a legal third gender, granting them minority rights and privileges to education, employment and health benefits.

Manabi, who is receiving a gush of calls and friend requests on social networking sites after her appointment, underwent a sex change operation to become a woman in 2003, in Kolkata.

Colleagues and students are excited to welcome Manabi as principal, who boasts a somewhat celebrity status to her name, after her participation as a contestant on Bigg Boss Bangla, the Bengali-language version of the reality TV programme Bigg Boss.