Manabi Bandopadhyay, first transgender principal of Krishnagar Women’s College


Manabi Bandopadhyay has been appointed the first transgender principal of Krishnagar Women’s College at a college in West Bengal for first time in Indian history. At present, she is an associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya and this decision was taken by the College Service Commission.

  • Manabi completed post graduation (MA) in Bengali and joined the Vivekananda Centenary College in Jhargram sub-division as a lecturer in the late 1990s.
  • Manabi published the country’s first transgender magazine, Ob-Manab (sub-human). The magazine, despite a very low circulation, continues to be published in 1995.
  • Supreme Court (SC) of India declared the transgender community as a legal third gender, granting them minority rights and privileges to education, employment and health benefits in April 2015.
  • According to the court order, it provides transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities. India is estimated to have about two million transgender people.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 1, 2015