The transgender community in Pakistan and around the world have struggled to make their place in society. It has been as if they were shunned from existence, however, the past few years have shown that the world has started to become more inclusive and has finally started to accept them.
One such example of inclusivity has been set by Khyber Medical University, Pakistan. In a circular issued by the university, in regards to the admission committee meeting that was held on 14th June 2022, one of the pointers that needed to be discussed as was on agenda was the allocation of seats for transgender students.
The notice was signed by Deputy Director Admissions/Secretary PAC Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan and a copy was shared with the respective PS to Vice Chancellor KMU, PS to Registrar KMU, and for office records.
Other pointers for the meeting include:
- Approval of admission schedule for MBBS/BDS in Public Sector Medical/Dental Colleges of KPK for the session of 2022-23
- Migration cases of different Public/Private Sector Medical/Dental Colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
- Directives issued by Honorable Cheif Minister KP for the enhancement of Tor Ghar MBBS Seats (1 to 5)
- Directives issued by Honorable Cheif Minister KP for reservation of 02 seats in Medical University for PK-2
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Human Rights activist, Qamar Naseem also took it to his official Twitter profile to tweet about this exciting news. He writes: “Alhamdullailah our demand for specific seats for Transgender students has been Included by Khyber Medical University.”
Alhamdullailah our demand for specific seats for Transgender students has been Included by Khyber Medical University. @ayeshabanopti @AsiaKhtPTI @MushtaqGhaniPTI @yes_mohmand @CTurnerFCDO @nayyabalipk @ZiauddinY pic.twitter.com/ZMaT6RT7v1
— Qamar Naseem (@QamarNaseemPak) June 10, 2022
Moreover, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has shown the highest literacy growth rate in PES 2021-22. According to the Pakistan Economic Survey, Primary Education Completion Rate for the year 2021-22 was 67 %, the Lower Education completion rate was 47 %, and the Upper Secondary Education rate was 23 %.
The province-wise analysis of PES shows that the highest growth was seen in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It increased from 52.4 % in the year 2018-19 to 55.1 % in 2020-21. Overall, the literacy rate in Pakistan increased from 62.4 % in the fiscal year 2018-19 to 62.8 % in the fiscal year 2020-21.
The gender-wise analysis of the PES shows that the literacy rate of females increased from 51.5 % in 2018-19 to 51.9 % in 2020-21. However, the literacy rate of males increased from 73 % to 73.4 %.
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