For Faculty

Types of Leave

While faculty members hardly get work out of their system, they do sometimes need to get out of the system. Maintaining work-life balance is a necessity, and this is not hard to accomplish at IIT Delhi with good planning. Many types of leave are available to faculty, some of it is duly working leave. IIT Delhi leave rules are in accordance with the leave policy for government employees. A formal leave is required even on weekends and holidays if you intend to be outside Delhi – this is known as station leave. Short leaves for professional activities like attending a conference or committee meeting are known as special casual leave and are treated as being “on duty.”

Faculty cadre counts as ‘vacation staff,’ meaning members are eligible to seek vacation leave during the vacation period between semesters. Vacation leave is useful to visit other universities or research institutions. Other types of leave include medical leave, maternity leave, earned leave (2% days per completed month of service), sabbatical leave, extra ordinary leave (EOL), etc. EOL can be for a long duration (up to 2 years) and without pay. Eight days of casual leave in a year (available in blocks of half-days) is available to help employees manage chores and errands.

See summary all types of leaves here


Prof. Sonali Jain

Sabbatical leave is available to faculty members for academic growth outside of their regular duties. Examples include conduct of research or advanced studies in India or abroad, writing textbooks or other literature, visiting Industrial concerns or technical department of Government to gain practical experience. A faculty member may spend a part or all of their Sabbatical leave in an organization other than IIT Delhi.

Sabbatical leave is a long leave of up to one year (In exceptional cases, Chairman, BOG may be request to extend it by up to 120 days via earned leave). It may be taken at most once in any 6-year period and up to thrice over the duration of service. See details of sabbatical rules here.

Child Care Leave- Women employees may avail leave of this kind to care for a minor child. Read more about Child Care Rules here.

Maternity Leave- This kind of leave is available to female employees with fewer than two surviving children during pregnancy. This leave is available also in cases of miscarriage/abortion. Not available in case of adoption

Paternity Leave- This kind of leave can be availed by male employees with fewer than two children. This can be availed for up to 15 days before and up to six months from the date of delivery of a child. Paternity leave is also available in case of adoption of a child younger than one year.

Special Casual Leave- Special casual leave is available for professional activities (like attending a conference or a committee meeting). In no case other than medical leave may a faculty member with teaching duties be on leave for more than 15 teaching days in a semester. Moreover, the classes missed because of leaves must be made up. See the guidelines for availing leave by faculty members during Semester

See the guidelines for Special Casual leave to Post-Doctoral Fellows.

You can see leave guidelines in the Acts and Statutes of IIT Delhi. You can also view the admin manual (Chapter 7 ) for more details.

Apply for leave and view the leave-book at ERP.

Leave travel concession (LTC)

Leave travel concession: All faculty members and their dependent family members are entitled to the "Leave Travel Concession" scheme of GoI, in which the Institute underwrites their traveling expense twice in a block of 4 years. One of these trips must be to the employee’s hometown. The faculty members are also allowed to encash a maximum of 10 days of Earned Leave (EL) while availing LTC. More trips are allowed for new employees in the first eight years. See the LTC guidelines


It is important to remember that even on leave we remain members of IIT Delhi faculty and must carry that role. The other thing to note is that there is no concept of a ‘second job.’ An IIT Delhi faculty member is an IIT Delhi faculty member. Full-time. All the time. This means any compensation by an outside agent for their time and expertise is officially earned as a faculty member of IIT Delhi (except when on leave without pay). These are either paid through the institute or otherwise declared to the institute (and the institute receives a fraction of that compensation depending on the annual amount – see for rules.)