India’s First Transgender College Principal Resigns
Just about one-and-a-half years after India got its first transgender college principal — Manabi Bandopadhyay, we got the sad news of her resignation from the post due to “non-cooperation” from colleagues. Manabi has already submitted her resignation as she was reportedly frustrated due to non-cooperation from some teachers and students of her institution, Krishnagar Women’s College.
Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta received her letter of resignation on December 27 and forwarded it to the state Higher Education department on Wednesday.
Manabi alleged that ever since she took up the job on 9 June, 2015, a few teachers of the well-known women’s college are not cooperating.
According to Manabi, “All of my colleagues went against me. Some of the students went against me. I tried to bring back discipline and an atmosphere of education in the college. Most probably, that is why they went against me. I always got co-operation from the local administration, but never got it from my colleagues and students,” adding that she had gone through a huge mental pressure and couldn’t take it any more, TOI reported.
She further added, “I feel tired due to the agitation and gherao by the students and teachers. I faced a lot of legal notices from their end. I had come to this college with new hopes and dreams but I was defeated….”
A four-member team, headed by Joint Director of Public Instruction (DPI) RP Bhattacharjee, went to the college to further inspect the matter.
Manabi’s (51) earlier name was Somnath. She changed it and reportedly underwent a series of operations in 2003-2004 to become a woman.
Notably, in 1995, Manabi became a pioneer to publish the country’s first transgender magazine, Ob-Manab (sub-human).
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