Are the leave rules being followed by the private colleges?
Many teachers in Hyderabad have alleged that the authorities in 16 top private undergraduate colleges and over 200 engineering colleges in the city are no allowing teaching and non-teaching staff to go on leaves because of high attrition rate in violation of the state and central leave rules. The sources indicated that some institutes, accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) are not following the Andhra Pradesh leave rules, 1933 for the non-teaching staff. Though the rules make employees eligible for casual leave, special casual leave, maternity leave, earned leave, half pay leave and extraordinary leave and the monitoring duty is assigned to the state government, sources said that no checking has been done in past three years.
Replying to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, one of the colleges stated that no leaves to the non-teaching staff have been sanctioned by the college other than casual leaves in past three years. In yet another RTI reply, it was found that only 6-8 leaves are granted to employees in a year.
Activists alleged that if the casual leaves are exhausted, many colleges don’t sanction leave even when there is a death in the family. It is also alleged that in some engineering colleges, not even teaching staffs are allowed to go on leave and in some instances, in place of providing maternity leave to female employees, the colleges have asked them to quit the job.