In a good news for Panjab University female employees, teaching as well as non-teaching, leave up to one year may be granted to them, during complete service, to take care of their children.
The university has finally decided to implement Child Care Leave (CCL) norms as mandated by the University Grants Commission (UGC). However, the UGC guidelines say leave up to two years could be permitted.
The vice-chancellor had set up a nine-member committee under the chairmanship of Dean University Instructions (DUI), AK Bhandari, for implementation of the scheme. The committee has framed the rules.
The CCL, not a right, will be granted only for the first two living children and the applicants are required to submit the application asking for it, at least one month in advance.
The varsity has also decided to give priority in granting the leave to employees having children below four years of age and those having children with chronic illness. The medical condition of the child must be duly certified by the chief medical officer at the PU health centre. Single women living with their children and having no family support will also be given priority. “The matter will now be put before the syndicate for final approval,”said Bhandari.
In the recent past, the Panjab University Teachers’Association (PUTA) has been at loggerheads with the PU authorities over the implementation of the scheme. PUTA president professor Rajat Sandhir said they had to put in a lot of effort to ensure that the varsity implemented the scheme.
“Female employees are eagerly waiting the implementation of the scheme,”he said, adding that he expected syndicate members to give final approval to the decision at a meeting to held in February.
The draft rules
Childcare leave (CCL) will be granted only for the first two living children and the applicants are required to submit application at least one month in advance. However, in an emergency, the condition of the notice could be exempted.
Women employees having minor children are entitled to avail leave up to maximum of one year during their complete service to look after children only during examinations or illness. However, this leave will not be granted for less than 15 days.
CCL can be availed in more than one spell, but not more than three spells in one calendar year.
To check en masse leave, the varsity has decided not to grant CCL to more than 10% of the total existing staff strength, at a time, in an academic session.
Priority will be given to employees having children below four years of age, employees having children with chronic illness duly certified by chief medical officer of PU health centre.
Single women living with their children and having no family support will also be given priority.
This leave cannot be claimed as a right.
The competent authority has the right to reject the application and can also cancel the sanctioned leave in public interest.
Leave salary will be admissible during the leave, as in the cases of earned leave.
Any kind of leave already availed will not be transferred to the CCL
This leave will not be granted to an employee who remains absent in an unauthorised manner and later gives request for the same.
Those not entitled
Employees facing disciplinary action or are under suspension.
Employees on probation.
Daily wage worker/contract/re-employed/part time workers.