Taking another step forward for Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, the Haryana government has recently decided to give maternity leave to all the married girl students in state universities and colleges.
As reported, the students will get a leave of 45 days by the government.
Reasons for this step:
This step has been taken to help married women students to complete their education without any hindrance.
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Who proposed this move?
As reported by DNA, the proposal which was first implemented by Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar in January.
As of now, the draft has been made and approved by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Here’s what senior official said:
“The idea is to encourage women to pursue higher education. It was seen, that a number of women students who were married or got married during the study period were compelled to drop out during maternity, or had to take a gap during the course of study, which affected their studies. At least, this would support them to continue education without any hindrance,” said a senior official I recent DNA report.
Furthermore, Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma while commenting on this said:
“According to the guidelines, women students will be entitled to maternity leave for a period not exceeding 45 days at a stretch, with prior permission of the chairperson of the department concerned on production of valid medical certificates.”
Elaborating on the rules, Sharma said that maternity leave would be granted on the condition that if a woman student avails the maternity leave up to 45 days on the recommendation of a government hospital, then she would have to attend extra classes as per the requirement of attendance for the specified course.
Check out the important features of the Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill here .
More about the leave:
- The leave period will be excluded from the total lectures delivered during the semester
- However, the student concerned will have to appear in all minor and major examinations as per the schedule notified by the department or the university
- Furthermore, the student may drop out of one full semester but needs to complete the attendance of the skipped semester after giving the final semester examination.