In a path-breaking move, Kerala Kalamandalam, the prestigious deemed-to-be university for art and culture, decided on Wednesday to admit students to its various courses regardless of gender. An executive meeting held on campus unanimously approved the decision, which will be implemented in the next academic year, the university registrar said in a statement.  With this decision, men, women and transgenderscan now enroll in all the courses offered by Kalamandalam, including classical dance forms such as "Mohiniyattam," which had been strictly reserved for women until now, a Kalamandalam source said. The executive meeting was attended by vice-chancellor B Ananthakrishnan and various dance exponents, including Kalamandalam GopiKalamandalam KshemavathiDr NeenaPrasad and so on. The eminent institution took the historic decision at a time when the state has been witnessing a raging row over recent racist remarks made by a senior Mohiniyattamdancer against a fellow artist on a YouTube channel.