Will adopt 'CUSAT model' to grant menstrual leaves in all universities: Minister R Bindu

Minister R Bindu | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: In what will be a monumental move, R Bindu, the Minister for Higher Education and Social Justice, on Monday, said that government would take measures to grant menstrual leaves to female students in all universities in Kerala.

The move came against the backdrop of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) announcing menstrual leaves to its female students.

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

Minister wrote in a Facebook post that such relaxations would be adopted in other universities to bring relief for female students. She also applauded CUSAT management and the students' union for considering the matter.

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