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Kerala: Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) is the first university in Kerala to provide female students with menstrual leave. Each female student is entitled to 2% of her total attendance as a menstrual benefit.

The varsity issued an order in this regard, addressing a long-pending demand of female students. This will benefit over 4,000 university students studying in various fields, including PhD programmes.

Female students at Cusat can claim menstrual benefits in the form of additional attendance forgiveness.

Each semester, an additional 2% leave benefit will be allowed.

 

At the moment, only those with 75% attendance can take the semester exams. If attendance falls below this level, an application to the Vice-Chancellor and a medical certificate are required. Menstrual leave, on the other hand, does not require a medical certificate, and students must simply submit an application.’

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The University Students’ Union, led by the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), had demanded that the university allow menstrual leave. Following the Union’s intervention, the decision was made.

Last month, the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala decided to grant 60 days of maternity leave to its degree and postgraduate students, another first in the state.

Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) made the decision in response to a request from the university’s students’ union.

According to the order granting the leave, issued on January 11, the university has decided to sanction an additional 2% condonation of low attendance to female students in each semester.

Dr. Poornima Narayanan, a member of the Cusat Syndicate, stated that the university acted in response to a petition from the students union. “This is a much-needed gesture from the university toward female students. “In the future, the academic world should consider implementing menstrual leave for teenage students,” she said.

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