Mysuru: Deepa Buddhe, a 32-year-old transgender, is the only research scholar at the University of Mysore, researching the transgender community. She was one among the 40 researchers (the majority of the other 39 are from various backward classes) to receive a laptop from ICT and the University of Mysuru (UoM) on Wednesday May 4.
Buddhe is a native of Chamarajanagar’s Heggavadipura. Her journey to success was not an easy one. Buddhe was in high school when she realised that she was transgender. After joining PUC, she completely identified herself as transgender.
Buddhe’s parents Gurusiddaiah and Mahadevamma are daily wage workers. She left her home when she was in PUC and joined the Samatha organisation, where she worked part-time and also as an outreach coordinator for community empowerment.
She studied History, Economics, and Kannada at Government College in Santhemarahalli, but due to many difficulties, she dropped out in 2015 without completing her education. However, the ideas of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Bhagwan Buddha inspired her to strive forward and pursue higher education. She completed her bachelor’s and enrolled at the University of Mysore for a master’s degree under transgender quota.
“I am happy to be back to pursue higher education. The University of Mysore has been quite supportive, and I recently received a laptop for research. I thank UoM and Dr. Chaitra Narayan, a syndicate member,” Buddhe remarked.
Under the guidance of Professor J. Somashekar and Narendra Kumar, she has completed a year of research on the topic “Mysuru- Chamarajanagar Linghatva Alpasankyathara Jeevana Matthu Horata” (The struggle of sexual minorities in Mysuru- Chamarajanagar).
Buddhe was praised by Kodagu-Mysuru MP Prathap Simha, Vice-Chancellor of University of Mysore Professor G. Hemanth Kumar and former Vice-Chancellor Professor K. S. Rangappa for her zeal to study, which sets an example for others.
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