Grant menstrual leaves in all Kerala varsities: State Youth Commission

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Youth Commission has recommended the higher education department to grant menstrual leaves in all Kerala varsities, considering the physical and mental difficulties faced by the women students.

Kerala Higher Education Minister Dr R Bindu on the other day had said that the government is considering granting menstrual leaves in all the state varsities as recently announced by the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Close on the heels of CUSAT’s decision, Kerala Technical University (KTU) has decided to implement the same. The move from Youth Commission comes at this juncture.

The CUSAT on Saturday announced an additional 2 per cent of condonation of shortage of attendance to female students in each semester on requests for "menstruation benefits" to female students.

Usually, only students who have 75 per cent attendance of the total working days will be allowed to appear for each semester examination. With menstrual leave giving two per cent condonation of shortage of attendance, the mandatory attendance would be brought down to 73 per cent for women students.

With inputs from PTI

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