The Kerala Government has decided to grant menstruation leave to female students in all universities in the state.
The Kerala Higher Education Department has issued orders allowing menstruation leave for all female students in all the universities under the state government.
Minister for Higher Education R Bindu informed this here on Thursday.
The Minister further said that maternity leave up to a maximum of 60 days will granted to female students who have crossed the age of 18.
The universities have been directed to make necessary amendments in the university rules. The order has been issued by fixing the attendance limit for girl students at 73 per cent including the period of menstruation.
Students need 75 per cent attendance to appear in each semester examination. But this was reduced to 73 per cent to female students considering the menstrual period.
It was the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) that at first decided to grant menstrual leave to its female students. Following this, the Kerala Technical University (KTU) on Tuesday decided to give the benefit to its female students.
The decision will be applicable in all colleges under the university. The female students can claim menstrual benefits in the form of additional condonation of shortage of attendance.