In a historic and proud moment for the students and the University, the 'Rights of Transgender and Gender Diverse Policy' has been notified today making NUJS the first and the only national law university in the country to have its own trans-policy.
The initiative towards this policy was first taken by the Legal Aid Society in collaboration with th Gender and Sexuality Forum way back in 2015. The first consultation on the draft trans-policy was organized three years ago by the then Legal Aid Society in September 2016. In the subsequent years, after multiple rounds of consultation, the final draft was prepared in April 2018.
The draft policy was formulated in light of the NALSA judgment and the UGC Mandate to make university campuses trans-friendly. The policy enlists the rights and entitlements of the transgender communities and the administrative, academic and infrastructural reforms required to ensure their implementation. Multiple rounds of consultation were held in order to involve the trans-community (including members and activists working with the trans-community in and around West Bengal) in this process and their comments and suggestions were accordingly incorporated into the draft.
At NUJS, we hope this policy will lay the groundwork towards ensuring a freer, more inclusive and anti-discriminatory environment in this University and set the same example for other law schools and educational institutions to follow. We also thank Namrata Mukherjee, Raktima Roy, Diksha Sanyal, Shreyashi Ray (Class of 2016), Vyjayanthi Raghu, Raveena Rao (Class of 2018), Archismita Raha, Maathangi Hariharan (Class of 2019) and every other member and office-bearer of the former Legal Aid Society and Gender & Sexuality Forum who contributed towards the formulation of this policy in so many ways over the past four years.