In a landmark judgment on April 2014, the Supreme Court created the "third gender" status for transgenders. In their ruling, justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and A.K. Sikri granted legal recognition to transgenders or eunuchs as "third gender" and directed the centre government and states to treat them as socially and educationally backward classes for the purposes of reservation in admission to education and jobs.
IGNOU celebrates 2nd July every year in the memory of the founding Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. G. Ram Reddy and invites eminent educationists and scholars to deliver lecture on higher education especially in the Open & Distance Learning domain.
Prof. Y. Vaikuntham, former VC, Kakatiya University, Telangana delivered the memorial lecture on 'Education to the doorstep: from correspondence courses to distance and digital learning'. Prof. M Jagdeesh Kumar, JNU VC was the chief guest for the event and delivered an engaging presentation on 'Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn'.
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"The government should give freedom and spend 6% of the GDP on education. Main thrust should be to devise effective strategies to address the challenges for the growth of education in India and to realize the potential of the country's demographic dividend as envisaged in the national education policy of the year 2016," said Prof. Vaikuntham while remembering Prof. G. Ram Reddy's contribution in the field of education in the past.
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Prof. M Jagdeesh Kumar, VC JNU in his presentation elaborated about the transformational changes that have swept with technological advances in human lives and how these changes have been so overwhelming altering our lifestyles.
Earlier, Prof Ravindra Kumar in his presidential address paid homage to the founding Vice Chancellor of India Gandhi National Open University Prof G. Ram Reddy and also expressed his gratitude to Mrs. Promila Reddy for having come for the memorial lecture.
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