There have been few takers for the study leave in existence for the staff of the Pune Municipal Corporation since 1954.
The civic body is now planning to get its staff equip themselves with the latest knowledge to benefit the civic body through tie-ups with prominent education centres in the city.
The PMC has a study leave provision for staff to upgrade professional knowledge and thus benefit the civic body . The staff can avail themselves of study leave for a maximum of two years during which they are entitled to their entire salary except allowances, said Shivaji Daundkar,PMC Labour Welfare and Human Resource officer.
He said the facility made available over 50 years ago has not received much response. The total number of staff who took study leave is in single digit. We encourage them but they dont respond, Daundkar said,and added that there are many who go for higher education within the city institutes but dont apply for study leave as there is a rider that the education or training for which the leave is taken should be related to the civic body so that it benefits the organisation.
Deputy City Engineer Annirudha Pawaskar,who was in Germany for 13 months on study leave,said the PMC facility helped him to do a specialised study on town planning with focus on urban areas. He has since been involved in various schemes and development projects of PMC and was part of the team that recently drafted the revised development plan of the city.
Development Engineer Shyam Dhavale used the facility to upgrade his knowledge on heritage engineering to cater to the civic bodys work of maintaining and restoring heritage structures.
Civic officers said there is a need to encourage more civic staff to upgrade knowledge and an effort would be taken to tie up with prominent city based educational institutes.
There is a proposal to join hands with the National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR),well known for its special engineering training,to help civic engineers upgrade their knowledge on new engineering techniques that would benefit the PMC, he added.