Study Leave Rules-clarification by Railway Board

Last updated: Jan 1st, 2024 at 7:47pm Edited by: Infotechies

In consideration of the demands of public service, study leave may be granted to a railway employee so that he might pursue, inside or outside of India, a specific course of study that includes advanced coursework or a technical subject that is directly related to his area of responsibility.

Higher education or training in professional and technical fields that are directly related to the scope of his tasks A course that might broaden the mind in a way that will likely enhance one’s talents as a railroad employee studies pertaining to the context or foundation of public administration. from the standpoint of the public interest and in relation to his responsibilities as a railroad employee, beneficial to the government.

Period of leave | Can Avail 2024

  • Max period of 24 months in the entire service of a Railway employee and up to 12 months at a time.
  • Combined with another type of leave with leave salary (LAP/LHAP) excluding extraordinary leave(ExL) leave can be permitted up to 36 months for a Railway employee doing a Ph.D.  

Salary for the leave period

  • Equal to the employee’s pre-leave pay, DA, and HRA for the duration of the study abroad period in India.
  • Pay outside of India + DA, HRA, and a study allowance at the daily rate now prescribed.
  • Any scholarship must be subtracted from the leave salary.

Study Leave Rules Order RBE No. 171/2022 – Clarification | Railway Board 2024

RBE No. 171/2022
No 2011/F(E)III/2(2)/3
New Delhi, Dated: 29.12.2022
The General Managers/Principal Financial Advisers,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units etc.,
DGs of RDSO and NAIR.
Sub: Study Leave Rules-clarification reg.
In terms of Rule 14 of the Study Leave Rules contained in Appendix -V of the Indian Railway Establishment Code (IREC) Vol-I(1985-Edition), if a Railway servant resigns or retires from service or otherwise quits service without returning to duty after a period of study leave or within a period of three years (eight years in the case of Railway Medical Service Officer who has been granted thirty-six months study leave under sub-rule (2) of rule (2)) after such return to duty, he shall be required to refund;
(i) the actual amount of leave salary, cost of fees, traveling and other expenses, if any, incurred by the Railways; and
(ii) the actual amount, if any, of the cost incurred by other agencies such as foreign Governments, Foundations, and Trusts in connection with the course of study, together with interest thereon at rates for the time being in force on Government loans, from the date of demand, from his resignation is accepted or permission, to retire is granted or his quitting service otherwise.

2. In this regard, references have been received from various Railways seeking the details of the “Government Loan”, the rate of interest of which is to be considered for charging the interest on the actual amount to be refunded by the Railway servant. Since DoP&T is the nodal Department on CCS(Leave) Rules, the matter was referred to them, who in turn asked M/o Railways to consult D/o Expenditure(M/o Finance).
3. After such due consultation, Board (MF & CRB) have considered the matter and decided as follows :
(i) The ‘Advances’ admissible to Government employees will be taken as ‘Government Loan’ as provided in Rule 14 of the Study Leave Rules contained in Appendix-V of IREC Vol I.
(ii) The highest rate of interest prevailing on a specific Advance at the relevant time will be taken as the ‘rate of interest’ for calculating the dues recoverable under Rule 14 of the Study Leave Rules.
(G. Priya Sudarsani)
Director, Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board..
New Delhi-110001.

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