Saturday, 1 June 2013

Tata Motors & Pratham Institute launch Driving Centre in Singrauli

- by Sara Khan

In a public-private partnership initiative, Tata Motors in partnership with Pratham Institute and Urjanchal Driving School launched a commercial vehicle driving centre in Singrauli. The centre was inaugurated by Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, along with senior officials from Tata Motors.

This training centre is well equipped with classrooms and a testing track. This centre embraces innovation by conducting classes through the audio-video methodology and extensive practical sessions.

Pratham Institute has been roped in as an implementation partner, while Tata Motors has designed the course content, and provided technical assistance and knowledge. Pratham Institute runs Automotive courses in three other centers- Bina, Kolhapur & Sagar. This Program was launched in 2010 and so far c.340 students have been trained. Students can choose between Motor Mechanic and Commercial Vehicle Driving courses. On completion of the respective courses, students are provided with joint certification from Pratham, Tata Motors (our Knowledge Partner) & NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation).
India has shortage of trained drivers. This is also why India ranks highest in the world with about 1.43 lakh road fatalities annually (According to a report published by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways - June 2012). In 2010, NSDC estimated that there will be  demand of over 50 lakh drivers, over a period of the next 12 years. Such courses in vocational skilling and training are essential to meet the demand for skilled workers while addressing the lack of sustainable livelihood and employment opportunities. 

Source: Article published in Business Line on 28th May, 2013

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