Civil Procedure Code (CPC)

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Shreya Saxena   24 July 2021

Sabbatical from job for studying

Can an employee of an Indian Corporate Company take a sabbatical [Leave from work for the objective of studying further or traveling] from work for the purpose of studying for a competitive examination? My friend is an employee of IFB Industries ltd and wants to take a sabbatical for preparing for a competitive examination. Is it legally applicable for him to take such leave? If yes, What measures and laws can be applied?

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SIVARAMAPRASAD KAPPAGANTU (Retired Manager)     25 July 2021

While going for higher studies is the prerogative of an individual, it is his/her responsibility to inform the Employer and obtain their permission as per the HR norms of the Company one was appointed in the first place. Therefore, advise your friend to approach the HR of his/her employer and get clarification and act accordingly.

Dr J C Vashista (Lawyer)     25 July 2021

It is policy of employer to decide whether to grant sabbatical or not, however, no such facility can be claimed.. 

G.L.N. Prasad (Retired employee.)     25 July 2021

In general, a leave is sanctioned only for the reasons agreed in writing in the form of rules and regulations.   There is no mention of such sabbatical leave for preparing for competitive examinations unless such examination is concerned with the working of the institution (internal).  However first the matter should be discussed with sanctioning authority, and facts should be stated in the leave letter.

P. Venu (Advocate)     26 July 2021

Yes, sabbatical, in the sense the word is understood in the ordinary sense implies taking a break from the routine duties in order to acquire new skills or enhance knowledge. In that sense, preparing for studying for competitive examination is outside the scope of the term.

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