Dr Manabi Bandyopadhyay (50) became the first third gender person to be appointed the Principal of a college, Krishnagar Women’s College in Nadia district of West Bengal, on June 9, 2015. Selected for this post purely on merit, her message to her community is: ‘Education. If we learn, all our problems will be solved’. She was also the first transgender professor to complete a Ph D (in Bengali Literature) in 2005. In 1995, she published the first transgender magazine, Ob-Manab (Sub-human).
Dr Bandyopadhyay was Somnath until she changed her sex and name in 2003. It was the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court to recognise the third gender in April 2014 which gave her and the other members of the community the required dignity in their lives.