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RAMEEZ rahman (system engineer)     18 June 2015

Working on sunday

Dear Sir,

             I'm working in National Institute of Technology(NIT),Its a autonomous institution functioning under the aegis of Ministry of human Resource Development(MHRD).Here  NIT  is planning to celebrate Interntion yoga day on 21st june 2015.It occurs on holiday ie sunday.Institute in not providing any kind of compensation ie pay or leave for that  extra day.Even though they released a circular which is given below.

"Dear faculty and staffs,

These are some of the directions for Yoga day celebration, 21st June 2015.

Attendance is mandatory on 21st June 2015 as per the institute competent authority’s order in 

connection with International Yoga Day celebration. Absence will be considered as leave 

without pay. All are requested to come in comfortable clothes (Preferably T-Shirt and Track 

pants) and bring their own yoga mat/thick sheet. Solicit full support from all members of institute 

to make Yoga Day a success."

Here my query is if i am not attending that function since it is a holiday whether institute has write to take any action against me .ie deducting one day pay .

Kindly awaiting for your response .


 5 Replies

Suri.Sravan Kumar (senior)     18 June 2015

pl refer to your service rules

Tushar Swar (Practitioner in HR Labour Laws & Compliance)     18 June 2015

Hi Rameez,

I hope you will find answer in below statement.

Students from all educational institutions in the state will be expected to head to their schools and colleges on June 21—which falls on a Sunday—to mark the International Yoga Day, said education minister Vinod Tawde. While on an earlier occasion, the education department had said schools would not be forced to remain open, on Monday Tawde said yoga sessions must be held on June 21 itself, and students and teachers can take a compensatory holiday some other day.

June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by theUnited Nations General Assembly in December 2014.

"Even if this June 21 is a Sunday, a programme must be held in all schools on the occasion of International Yoga Day. From this day (June 21), teachers must tell children about the importance of yoga. Students and teachers can be a compensatory holiday for attending school on Sunday. The school education department will issue a circular in this regard," said Tawde.

On Monday, Tawde inaugurated a workshop for preparation of the Maharashtra chapter of the International Yoga Day. Students will have to come to school between 7am and 8am on June 21.

Earlier, in May, the school education department had issued a government resolution asking schools to mark the day and set up a 24 -member committee to chalk out guidelines for a celebration. Tawde, though, had then said that schools could celebrate it on another day. Mumbai University, too, has issued a circular asking its affiliated colleges to host celebrations.

Tawde said the programme would not be restricted to just June 21. "Around 15 yoga groups have chipped in to volunteer and train the teachers. We are looking to incorporate it into a student's daily routine through periodic lessons in yoga. The subject experts are working on finding the best way to accommodate it in the curriculum," he said.

While principals said introduction of yoga is a welcome move, celebrating it on just one day does not serve the purpose, said principals. "Most schools today have yoga as part of the curriculum. We have it mandatory for all students. So taking hasty decisions and asking schools to call the students on a Sunday may not be the right way to do it," said Chandrakanta Pathak, principal, H V B Global Academy, Marine Drive.

Most schools, though, said they would celebrate it on another day. "Till date it has never happened that we have held any school activities on a Sunday. It may not even be possible to call all students on Sunday. We might have to do it if it is made mandatory on paper or we will conduct the activities on another day," said Father Francis Swamy, joint secretary, Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE), which governs over 150 schools in the city.

College principals, too, said calling students on a Sunday may not be feasible. "There are over a thousand students in our college. Calling all of them on a Sunday will not be possible and holding sessions for such a huge number of students is also not viable. We could do it in batches over a few days," said the principal of college.

Tawde, though, insisted that the state must participate in huge numbers. "It is a matter of pride that the United Nations has accepted the day as International Yoga Day. So we will expect the state to show a large participation," he said.


Tushar Swar

ACHRM, MBA-HR, D.L.L. (Hons)


RAMEEZ rahman (system engineer)     18 June 2015

Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your reply.Our institute is not ready to give compensatory holiday for yoga day.Instead they are also not ready give it in writing .So please advice me how to go forward .

Tushar Swar (Practitioner in HR Labour Laws & Compliance)     18 June 2015

Hi Rameez,

You may show the below New paper cutting to your managment or aske them to show you the circular they have received from ministry in this regards.

As per Education minister said to Hindustan Times on Wednesday


Clearing the air over his order to keep schools open on June 21 — a Sunday — to celebrate Yoga Day, Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde told the Hindustan Times on Wednesday that while the state government expected majority of schools, colleges and higher educational institutes to hold functions on that day, he had never termed it ‘mandatory’ or compulsory’.

“I would like all schools and colleges to celebrate Yoga Day on June 21 as the world celebrates it on that day. The decision that this day would be celebrated as Yoga Day was taken nearly 6 months ago by the Centre and we have even offered a compensatory off to teachers for this. The decision has neither been ad hoc nor has it been suddenly thrust on schools,” said Tawde.

The education minister, however, said, “No action has been proposed, or will be taken, if some schools or colleges decide not to celebrate it for some particular reason.”


Tushar Swar

ACHRM, MBA-HR, D.L.L. (Hons)


Kumar Doab (FIN)     18 June 2015

The Instt. has already provided in writing that absence shall be treated as LWP.

You may puruse the matter preferably thru Employee's Unions.

They can escalate to the Cerntral Minister for compensatory off.


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