Panjab University (PU) authorities have formed an eight-member committee to look at ways of implementing a policy pertaining to child care leave for its employees. The committee,it is learnt, has met twice but nothing concrete has come out of the meetings. The committee members have called for data and information from the UT Administration and the Punjab government related to the implementation of the policy.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had in 2010 issued guidelines pertaining to the child care leave but the university has failed to implement it till date. As per official information,the Punjab government had implemented it last year and the UT Administration on March 13.
Women teachers having minor children may be granted leave up to two years to take care of them. Child care leave for a maximum period of two years (730 days) may be granted to the women teachers during entire service period in lines with Central Government women employees, the UGCs 2010 guidelines state. In the cases,where the child care leave is granted for more than 45 days,the University/College/Institution may appoint a part time / guest substitute teacher with intimation to the UGC, it adds.
Earlier,Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) had written two letters in 2012 to former Vice-Chancellor regarding the implementation of scheme in the varsity,but to no effect.
Talking to Newsline ,PUTA president,Mohammad Khalid said: PU is having around 60 per cent female teachers and the implementation of this leave is mandatory for the teaching fraternity. Committee has been formed which is looking into the issue. It has called some information from Chandigarh administration and Punjab. Once the committee receive the information then only decision will be taken.