FOR Indian civil servants looking for a study break to attend fellowship programs, a recent government clarification could open a window of opportunities. The Government says that study leave can also be granted for a course that may widen his or her mind. The department of personnel and training (DoPT) which has recently included Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships under its ambit is examining the feasibility of bringing more such fellowships under its purview.
The study leave is normally granted to a government servant for a course of study having direct and close connection with the sphere of his duty. But a DoPT circular, dated November 18, 2010, says that study leave “can also be granted for studies which may not be closely or directly connected with the work of a government servant, but which are capable of widening his mind in a manner likely to improve his abilities as a civil servant and to equip him better to collaborate with those employed in other branches of the public service.”
The circular further said that in that backdrop, the DoPT had allowed study leave to those selected for the award of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships in relaxation of the existing rules and is also examining the feasibility of bringing more Fellowships under the purview of study leave, on the same terms and conditions as the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships. All ministries and department are requested to provide inputs regarding fellowships offered by reputed institutions which may be of benefit to their area of work.
DoPT CIRCULAR, dated November 18, 2010
Action and Appointments
a) Nilanjan Sanyal, a 1979 batch Orissa cadre IAS, presently additional secretary in the department of food and public distribution has been appointed as additional secretary in the ministry of women and child development against the newly created post.
b) With the Cabinet approving the setting up of an Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) to assess the Central government’s flagship programmes, a new post of Director General (DG) and a number of other posts would be created soon. The DG will have the rank and status of Member, Planning Commission.