The department of Kannada in association with Karavali Lekhaki Mattu Vachakiyara Sangha, Mangalore conducted half day university level workshop on Social Issues and Public Perspective: A Workshop on Transgenders at Sri Sudhindra auditorium, Canara Girls High School, Mangalore on January 03, 2020.
Arunangshu Giri, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) of Mangaluru appreciated the organizers effort and said, “In our society where a majority of transgender people feel discriminated against. Transgender people are the same as everyone else; their ideals in life are to be happy, to be respected, and to lead normal life. In order to empower transgender, colleges and universities should develop a transgender ally program.”
Former MLA Shakunthala Shetty speaking about the challenges that transgender community face opined that, “transgender community is traditionally marginalized in our society. School, college, NGOs should enhance their employment potential and increase their chances to earn decent livelihood as well as improve their status in the society. To emperor the community, it is necessary to introduce reservation in the public sector jobs.”
In his presidential address CA Vaman Kamath, Alternate Treasurer at Canara High School Association said, “Many transgender people experience stigmatization and discrimination in our society. The workshop has provided the requisite platform for the students to interact with them. Institutions thus develop programs that focus specially on transgender issues.”
Mrs. Violet Pereira, The Parivarthana Charitable Trust founder spoke on the significance of the programme. Vijaya Lakshmi Bhat, President, Karavali Lekhaki Mattu Vachakiyara Sangha, Basti Purushottam Shenoy, Member of Canara institution, Canara College IQAC Coordinator Dr. Premalatha Pai, Mrs. Vani, Head, Department of Kannada, Canara College, Mangaluru were present on the occasion. Principal Dr. K. V. Malini welcomed the gathering and Sukhalakshi Suvarna, Secretary, Karavali Lekhaki Mattu Vachakiyara Sangha prposed the vote of thanks. Bindiya Shet, President, Students Union Council, Canara College, Mangaluru compered the programme.
The workshop provide students platform for the students to interact with transgender community. Ms. Ramya Gowda, President, The Parivarthana Charitable Trust had a lively interaction with students.
In valedictory ceremony of the workshop Sindu B Roopesh Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district said, “The lifecycle of a transgender is extremely painful. Transgender must get equal rights like any other male or female. It is not only the government but also public should strive to make transgender rights a reality.” Mrs. Vani U.S., Student Welfare Mentor, Head, Department of Kannada, Canara College, Mangaluru proposed the vote of thanks. Mr. Hardhik Chauhan, IQAC Coordinator, and Mrs. Thara Kumari, Assistant Professor, Department of Kannada and 500 students from different colleges were present on the occasion.
Mrs. Vani U. S.
Assistant Professor, Department of Kannada