Posted October 19, 2018 05:15:15The Indian government has announced that it will introduce gender neutrality at its higher education institutions starting in 2019.
The decision was taken by the government after it received recommendations from a panel of experts, the Indian Express reported.
India is the first country in the world to have implemented gender neutrality and the move is expected to lead to greater gender equality in the country.
The government has also proposed to set up a separate gender neutral board of higher education for the first time in the nation’s history.
The board would be comprised of representatives from universities and colleges to help set up gender neutral policies.
The move is likely to be welcomed by universities as it will ensure a gender neutral environment for all students and will also help the government tackle the issue of gender discrimination in higher educational institutions.
It is also expected to benefit the country in terms of job opportunities as a result of the initiative.
The proposal will help create more jobs for women, according to a statement from the government.
India currently has a total of 4,085,853 students in state colleges and colleges, the Times of India reported.