Kerala announces menstrual, maternity leaves in all state varsities

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Thursday issued an order granting menstrual leaves in all state varsities. Higher Education Minister Dr R Bindu issued the order. The government has also granted a maximum of 60-day maternity leave for all those female students aged 18 or above, said reports. The specifics of the order are not yet available.

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

Earlier, Kerala Higher Education Minister Dr R Bindu 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) too decided to implement the same. The move from the government comes at this juncture.

The CUSAT on January 15 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.

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