INDIA: University to waive fees of s ex workers

Indira Gandhi National Open University, one of the world's largest universities, has decided to waive the fees of s ex workers and street children enrolling for its courses to help them become educated and empowered, reports India Edunews.

Disclosing this at a media conference last Monday, Vice-chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai said the university's Kolkata Regional Centre ran a study centre at Durbar Mahila Samannya Samiti, an organisation of 65,000 sex workers, to educate them.

"The university had been working on a series of new and path-breaking ideas to meet the diverse and often daunting expectations of a large number of learners who cannot afford to acquire education from a conventional university," he said. "Many of the new programmes are being expressly aligned to the needs of industry."
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