Department of Public Instruction (India)

The Department of Public Instruction has proposed a plan, starting next academic year, for transgender persons to avail themselves of seats under the RTE reservation quota in private schools. The DPI will send a proposal to the government to include transgender persons under the disadvantaged group so that they can be granted admission under the 25 per cent reservation quota at the first instance. At present, only orphans, children living with HIV, special-needs children, and migrant or street children can avail themselves of the benefit.

The move has been mooted by the department after the Supreme Court judgment in April 2014 recognised transgender as the third gender and directed the Centre and States to initiate steps to treat transgender persons as socially and educationally backward classes, and extend reservation for admission in educational institutions and for public appointments.

RTE quota mooted for transgender persons – The Hindu.