The National Institute of Design (NID) has decided to open admissions to transgenders from the academic year 2015-16.
NID, which flagged off the admission process for the 2015-16 batches for around 100 seats in Bachelors of Design (BDes) and 275 seats in Masters in Design (MDes) this month, will hold the aptitude tests on January 10, 11, 2015 in 12 centres across the country, with November 21, 2014 being the last date for form submission.
“We will offer the option of transgender in the admission form; so that applicants can specify the same. Currently, we are in a transition phase where we have to create ordinances to bring about few changes in the institute post our new status. For now, we will have to check with the SC ruling for more details on how to go about implementing this,” said Vijaya Deshmukh, registrar, NID.
An ad floated by the NID in a national daily mentions that reserved category candidates must send a self-attested photocopy of the relevant certificate from a competent authority.
After a recent SC ruling this April that recognized transgenders as ‘third gender’, premier planning school in Ahmedabad -CEPT University had begun putting this in effect in their admission process for the new batches, with a few more institutes like Gujarat National Law University and MICA likely to follow suit. The CAT (Common Aptitude Tests) committee had also decided to implement the SC judgment for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for transgender applicants while registering for CAT exams in July earlier this year.
Incidentally, CEPT which has opened up to admit transgender students in June this year, did not see any applicants for the same.