The UGC directed the VCs of Indian Universities to frame applicable rules and norms concerning providing maternity leave and attendance-related relaxations to women students in UG and PG programmes. Most central Universities have already put the provision that was introduced initially by UGC in 2016.
Uma Shankar Pandey, PhD supervisor, department of journalism and mass communication, University of Calcutta said, “As per the 2016 UGC provision, women candidates may be given maternity or childcare leave once in the entire duration of their MPhil and PhD for up to 240 days.
As per the academic sector at the UoH, out of a total number of 1,533 PhD students in the current academic year, 668 are women. Over the last three years, 16 female students have availed of the provision of maternity leave or medical leave.