KTU follows CUSAT model; grants menstrual leave to students 

Kerala Technological University | Photo: https://ktu.edu.in/

Thiruvananthapuram: Close on the heels of the pioneering decision of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) to grant menstrual leave to students, the Kerala Technical University (KTU) has decided to implement the same.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Governors here on Tuesday. Welfare committee convener G Sanjeev presented the university students’ union resolution in this regard.

The resolution, which was unanimously passed in the meeting, will be submitted to the Syndicate for further action.

Reportedly, student representatives Anakha Shivakumar and Ankita Jessy of College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET) took the initiative in raising the issue before the KTU union.

A report was also submitted to Higher Education Minister R Bindu and University vice chancellor after collecting the opinions of 850 students through a survey.

Taking into consideration the mental and physical difficulties faced by female students during menstruation, CUSAT on January 11 had decided to grant menstrual leave for its students.

An autonomous university, CUSAT has over 8,000 students in various streams and more than half of them are girls.

According to a recent order issued by the joint registrar of CUSAT, the vice chancellor also ordered to sanction an additional 2 per cent of condonation of shortage of attendance to female students, in each semester, subject to reporting to the Academic Council

With inputs from PTI

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