Last Updated on October 21, 2023 by Administrator
The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), located in Hyderabad, has recently taken a significant step by implementing a menstrual leave policy for its students. This progressive move, officially disclosed via NALSAR’s official communication channel, was approved during a meeting held on October 5.
The menstrual leave policy, meticulously designed by the Menstrual Leave Policy Group (MLPG), aims to ensure the availability of tailored medical services for menstruation and the provision of sanitary napkin dispensers accessible to faculty, students, and staff members. This policy endeavors to cater to the needs of all menstruating individuals while preserving their educational pursuits.
Under the newly established policy, beneficiaries are entitled to claim one day of menstrual leave each month during an academic semester. The policy sets specific guidelines for different academic terms:
- In even and odd semesters, beneficiaries can avail of up to four and five days of leave, respectively.
- For trimesters, a maximum of three days of leave can be claimed.
- It’s important to note that the policy stipulates that the total attendance requirement, including any medical leave taken during the same academic semester, should not fall below 67%.
Notably, this policy has taken a progressive approach, as it requires no medical documentation or any additional proof to support a leave request, except for a simple self-certification. This inclusive policy extends its benefits to students pursuing LL.B., LL.M., IPM, and MBA programs at NALSAR University.
In a society where menstrual health and education are crucial, NALSAR’s decision to implement this menstrual leave policy is commendable. It not only acknowledges the unique needs of menstruating individuals but also paves the way for a more equitable and supportive educational environment. By breaking down barriers and taboos, NALSAR has set a significant precedent in promoting both reproductive health and education accessibility.
Written by — Athi Venkatesh