KOLKATTA: India has appointed its first transgender college principal in the state of West Bengal. Manabi Bandyopadhyay, who is currently serving as 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, is receiving a gush of calls and friend requests on social nwtworking sites after her appointment, underwent a sex change operation to become a woman in 2003, in Kolkatta.
Colleagues and students are excited to welcome Manabi as principal, who has already become a celebrity after her participation in Bigg Boss Bangala, the Bengali-language version of the reality TV programme Bigg Boss.
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that this decision to appoint Manabi as college principal was taken by the College Service Commission. I don’t interfere in their decisions. They are aware of our open mind. I am happy with this decision.