Kerala University: The varsity has rolled out a rule to grant six months of maternity leave to female students above 18 years. Taking a cue from the Mahatma Gandhi varsity at Kottayam, the administration of Kerala University took the decision.
Kerala govt announced to grant menstrual and maternity leaves
The Thiruvananthapuram-based Kerala University took the decision also in line with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's recent announcement that menstrual and maternity leaves would be granted to women students in all institutions under the State government's Higher Education Department.
In its order, Kerala University said the State government had issued orders granting special menstrual leave for girl students in all universities of the State and fixing the limit of attendance for female students to 73 percent including menstrual leave and also, allowing maternity leave for students above the age of 18 years.
Students availing maternity leave can rejoin without taking admission
The university syndicate had on January 19, resolved that if the student avails maternity leave for up to six months, shall rejoin the college without taking readmission. The syndicate also decided to entrust the principals of the respective colleges to verify the medical records of the students.
"If the student avails maternity leave up to six months, the student shall rejoin the college without taking readmission and to entrust the principal to verify the medical records of the candidate and permit to rejoin the college, without taking approval from the university," the order issued on March 2, said.
MG university recently took a decision to grant two months maternity leave
The MG university had recently taken a decision to grant two months maternity leave to its students. After the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) took a decision in providing menstrual leave to its students, Higher Education Minister R Bindu had said that the government has decided to implement the same in all State universities under the purview of the department. CUSAT had taken the decision following a representation made by the SFI-led students' union of the university.
(with inputs from PTI)