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60% Women Feel Schools Lack Adequate Menstrual Hygiene Facilities: Survey

Schools in India must develop better awareness and infrastructure for periods, shows 5th Annual Everteen Menstrual Hygiene Survey

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More than 51% women respondents say Indian schools do not have a proper system to prepare teen and adolescent girls regarding the onset of menstrual periods and nearly 60% women feel schools lack adequate facilities for girls to change and dispose of the sanitary pads. This was revealed by the 5th Edition of Everteen Annual Menstrual Hygiene Survey.

Conducted ahead of the Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 on May 28, the everteen menstrual hygiene survey was conducted among nearly 7000 Indian women participating from various cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

Over 51% women respondents claimed that Indian schools do not have adequate systems to educate or mentally prepare teen and adolescent girls regarding the onset of menstrual periods. More than 95% women asserted that Indian school system should have some awareness programs to prepare girls on the subject.


The everteen Menstrual Hygiene Survey also revealed that during adolescence, nearly 60% women did not have any prior knowledge about menstrual periods. In fact, as many as 38% women had first misinterpreted it as an injury or disease.

In terms of infrastructure, almost 59% women felt that schools do not have adequate cleanliness of public toilets or facilities for girls to change and dispose sanitary pads off.

Chirag Pan, CEO, PAN Healthcare, says, “Menstrual hygiene and wellness have been known issues in the Indian context. While there has been progress in recent years, it is imperative that we leverage our strength in the Indian value-based systems and inculcate the importance of good menstrual hygiene from the onset of puberty itself. Schools can and must play a pivotal role in bringing this paradigm shift through classroom education, awareness programs and focused infrastructure development.”


Wet And Dry Personal Care Pvt Ltd, the company that owns everteen feminine hygiene brand, is a subsidiary of PAN Healthcare.

In workspaces too, 41% of women felt their office needed better cleanliness and facilities to change and dispose the sanitary pads off in toilets.

The everteen Menstrual Hygiene Survey 2020 also suggests that the role that doctors can play in preventing gynaecological problems is significantly downplayed due to the shame and guilt associated with menstrual cycles in Indian context.

More than 50% of women said they have had some gynaecological infection or problem such as UTI, rashes, foul smell or itching during or after menstrual cycle in the past one year. Among these, 20% of women had such issues more than 3 times during the year.

More than 64% of women have faced irregularities in their period dates, out of which half have had to deal with it more than 3 times in a year.


Ironically, only 37% of women said they consult a doctor in the case of irregular periods, whereas 32% prefer to discuss it within the family and 30% just ignore it.

Similarly, more than 54% of women have had white discharge, but only 25% prefer to consult a doctor.

As many as 56% women believe that menstruation is still perceived as a taboo in Indian society.

Not surprisingly, then, more than 42% of women felt uncomfortable buying sanitary essentials from a shop or a chemist, especially when there were several other customers.

Because of the guilt associated with the menstrual cycle, 87% of women admitted that they had to hide or secretly take their sanitary product for changing.

Interestingly, more than three-fourths of the respondents said that menstruation would not have been such a taboo subject in the society if men had it too!

Another key revelation from the survey shows that 53% of women have used a public toilet more than 3 times at the office, mall or cinema hall to change sanitary product.

Our everteen survey shows that 75% of women feel uncomfortable having to use public toilets to change sanitary products. Yet, more than 93% of women still use sanitary napkins. By switching to better, modern-age menstrual hygiene methods (MHM) such as menstrual cups, women can reduce the number of times they have to change their sanitary product in a day. Many women have told us that using menstrual cups has greatly reduced their daily discomfort due to periods,” said Hariom Tyagi, CEO, Wet and Dry Personal Care.

The survey revealed that menstrual cups are now being used by 4% of the women, and their adoption has overtaken tampons by almost double.

One of the alarming trends that emerged from the survey shows that more than one-third of women said they have used a pill or some other method to delay periods in case of an important occasion.

As an industry leader in feminine intimate hygiene, everteen has been keeping a pulse of the evolving menstrual hygiene trends in India through its annual surveys since 2014.

It has played a crucial role in creating widespread awareness through campaigns such as #FixYourPeriods.


During the COVID-19 lockdown, everteen launched #SheNeedsPad, a social initiative to distribute free sanitary napkins among women in need at their doorsteps all over India.

Everteen offers more than 30 different intimate hygiene and wellness products for women including sanitary pads, tampons, menstrual cups, bikini line hair remover crème, intimate wash, intimate wipes, toilet seat sanitizer, menopausal relief capsules and more.

Its products have been shipped to customers in countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, US, UK, Vietnam, and several African countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda.

Everteen is also a partner of the global Menstrual Hygiene Day, a global platform supported by organizations like UNICEF and USAID to raise awareness about the challenges faced by women and girls worldwide due to menstruation, and highlight solutions to address such challenges.

Disclaimer: This is an unpaid press release by PAN Healthcare. Readers’ discretion is advised while consuming the content of the release.

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NCERT To Revise Curriculum Framework For School Education After 15 Years

Subject experts will initiate this process for school education, and give an interim report by December 2020.

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NEW DELHI: In view of the decision of setting up of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission under Atma Nirbhar Bharat, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development MHRD has prepared a roadmap for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for the academic year 2020-21.

The new roadmap for NCERT has been prepared with a learning outcome-centric approach and NCERT has been tasked to develop the required resources for its implementation leading to all-around improvement in learning outcomes and learning levels of students.

The interim report on the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for school education, which is being revised after 15 years, will be submitted by December and the new curriculum is expected to be ready by March next year, according to the HRD Ministry.


The new NCF for school education has been initiated. NCERT will be expected to make changes in the textbooks in accordance with the new NCF. Subject experts will initiate this process for school education, and give an interim report by December 2020. The new NCF is expected to be ready by March 2021,” the HRD Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry has directed the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) that while redesigning textbooks, it is to be ensured that nothing but the core content is placed in them.

Also, the cognitive load of the textbooks is too high. Additional areas, such as creative thinking, life skills, Indian ethos, art, and integration, need to be integrated. NCERT will also start working on the layout and design of the new textbooks well in advance, however, the new textbooks shall be written based on the new NCF.”


Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat, for PM E-Vidya, NCERT is also expected to prepare content for classes I–XII for SWAYAM PRABHA channels (1 class 1 channel) and start the channels by August this year,” the ministry said.

The revision of the curriculum framework will be in sync with the implementation of the examination reforms such as uniform assessment and evaluation system under the proposed National Assessment Centre as proposed by the New Education Policy draft.

The new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for School Education has also been initiated. NCERT will be expected to make changes in the textbooks in accordance with the new NCF. Subject experts will initiate this process for school education, and give an interim report by December 2020.

While redesigning textbooks, it is to be ensured that nothing but the core content is placed in textbooks. Also, the cognitive load of the textbooks is too high. Additional areas, such as creative thinking, life skills, Indian ethos, art, and integration, etc. need to be integrated.

NCERT will also start working on the layout and design of the new textbooks well in advance, however, the new textbooks shall be written based on the new NCF. The new NCF is expected to be ready by March 2021.


Under AtmaNirbhar Bharat, for PM E-Vidya, NCERT is also expected to prepare content for Class 1 – 12 for SWAYAM PRABHA channels (1 class 1 channel) and start the channels by August this year.

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CBSE Cancels Remaining Class 10 And 12 Board Exams Scheduled From July 1-15

The court was hearing pleas seeking scrapping of remaining exams in view of the rising COVID-19 cases.

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NEW DELHI: The Centre and the CBSE today informed the Supreme Court that they have decided to cancel the Class X and XII examinations scheduled from July 1-15 due to the pandemic and that they would be conducted later.

The court was hearing pleas seeking scrapping of remaining exams of Class XII scheduled from July 1-15 in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

Supreme Court bench led by J AM Khanwilkar heard the plea seeking cancellation of remaining CBSE exams due to COVID19. CBSE has clarified that Class 10 exams are cancelled and the marks awarded based on criterion specified by CBSE would be final. CBSE Class 12 students would have the option to appear for the exams at a later date.


The top court was also informed that the students will have the liberty to opt either for the examinations, to be conducted later, or go with the assessment process based on past performance.

SG Mehta stated to the Supreme Court that the board has filed an affidavit, taking into consideration the reports submitted by the states. In effect, the board has decided not to conduct the exams from July 1.

Speaking in the court, SG said, “Our affidavit filed half an hour back states that taking into account suggestion from States, exams for Class 10 and 12 from July 1 stands cancelled.”


He further added that all the Class 10 examinations have been cancelled. Class 12 examination, however, is optional.

CBSE has a scheme in which marks scored in past 3 exams will be taken into account. For Class 12, the exams will be conducted  “as soon as the situation is conducive. Marks for the students who opt for the class 12 examination will have that marks as final.”

CBSE Class 12 students would have to share their decision on whether to opt for the examination at a later date or to accept the marks based on the three previous examinations, as scored by the student.

Supreme Court has directed CBSE to reword its reply to ensure that there is no confusion in the minds of the student and the parents.

It may be recalled that a few papers of CBSE 10th, 12th Board Exams 2020 were left when the schools and colleges were closed. Exams from March 19 to March 31 were deferred till April, and then postponed by the HRD Ministry as a nationwide lockdown was announced on March 25. These exams were then deferred and scheduled to be conducted between July 1 and July 15.


CBSE had shared its intent to cancel the exams abroad and to conduct exams for only 29 subjects out of the remaining lot. The board released the date sheet for the exams in May.

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IIT Bombay Next Semester To Be Fully Online; Scraps Face-To-Face Lectures This Year

This is the first time in the institute’s 62-year history that a new academic year will start with no students on campus.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has decided to run its next semester completely online, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, becoming the first IIT to take the decision. In a midnight Facebook post, IIT Bombay director Subhasis Chaudhuri made the announcement and appealed for donations to help economically lesser privileged students.

This is the first time in the institute’s 62-year history that a new academic year will start with no students on campus.

“For IIT Bombay, students are the first priority. We took the first step in India in concretely deciding how we must bring a closure to the current semester to help our students,” Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri wrote in the post.


“But given the current condition of the pandemic, how do we plan for the next semester for our students? Again, after a long deliberation in the Senate, we have decided today that the next semester will be run purely in the online mode so that there is no compromise on the safety and well-being of the students,” he further said.

The semester for undergraduate and post-graduate courses is scheduled to begin in July. The post also had an appeal for donation for students “from economically less privileged families”.

“A large section of our students come from economically less privileged families and would require a helping hand to equip them with the IT hardware (i.e. laptops and broadband connectivity ) to take these online classes,” the post read.


Earlier this week, sources in the Education Ministry told media houses that pending board examinations and competitive tests for engineering and medical colleges are unlikely to be held in July. The Supreme Court will hear the matter today.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank” on Wednesday asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to revisit the guidelines for intermediate and terminal semester exams and the academic calendar. He said the foundation for revisited guidelines shall be the health and safety of students, teachers and staff.

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