In 2015, the Government of India, in follow-up to BJP’s election manifesto, appointed a committee headed by T.S.R. Subramanian to submit recommendations for the new education policy. This committee submitted its recommendations to the MHRD on the 27th of May, 2016 and currently the MHRD is in the process of studying those recommendations to draft the National Education Policy, 2016.
There is absolutely no reference to including students of diverse sexualities, transgender- and gender-nonconforming students, despite a wealth of literature and published first-person accounts indicating that LGBT and gender-nonconforming students face bullying, harassment, physical and sexual violence in the education systems, and drop out at higher rates than other students.
Prof. Surabhi Shukla
from the Jindal Law School has drafted key suggestions for making the NEP LGBT-inclusive. LGBT community members, students, educators and other activists have added to these suggestions, and many have endorsed it.
The letter draws on the published literature and on government documents (Ministry of Social Justice recommendations for transgender inclusion, Supreme Court NALSA verdict, UGC anti-ragging regulations that now include sexual orientation) that support the suggestions have been made.