Driving School in India: How to teach people to drive
A local driving school in India has announced a pilot program that will allow the driving of two young women in their twenties to start a career in a driving school.
The first batch of learners is set to start school in the middle of March.
The project is a partnership between the National Driving Academy and the National Centre for Education (NCEE), a government agency that runs driving school courses across the country.
The NCEE is also responsible for driving schools in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, and is also one of the leading education institutions in the country for driving.
The partnership between NCEE and the local driving education academy was conceived after the first batch’s graduates had enrolled in NCEE courses.
“We have decided to create a driving academy for women.
We are confident that the initiative will be beneficial for women’s education in India,” said Rajiv Gandhi, vice-president of NCEE, while talking to Quartz.
“It is an initiative that is not limited to women only, but also women from all walks of life and communities.
It will provide opportunities for girls from different backgrounds to work with drivers in their own way.”
NCEE has partnered with a number of private drivers to teach the young women how to drive.
The National Driving School will also offer a mentorship program for the first cohort of learners.
“We are hoping that this will be a model for future driving courses,” said Nivedita Bhat, director of the NCEE.
“There are many driving schools that offer only two-way learning, which is quite limiting to women, and it is a common misconception that women can’t be drivers,” said Bhat.
The NDFE aims to have 200 female drivers in its training camps by 2019.
The program will be administered by the NCCE.
“If this project goes well, we will be able to expand our training camps to include more women,” said Rupinder Kulkarni, director at the National Association of Driver Education Associations (NADEA).
“Our mission is to provide the best education for our students and this will enable us to train many more women in the future.”
NDFES chief executive Suresh Kumar said that they plan to expand the programme to other states and the country in the coming months.
“The vision of our driving school is to create an institution where women can become successful drivers and contribute to their communities,” said Kumar.
“Our aim is to teach them the skills and techniques necessary to become drivers of any kind.”
NDA Education Minister Harsh Vardhan has said the NDFEs vision of the programme is to help women achieve their dreams of becoming a driver.
“NDFEs aim is that the women will be educated to become self-employed and work as drivers in a professional capacity.
It is important for them to become independent and earn their living by themselves,” Vardan told a press conference.
“I hope this initiative will help them to earn a living as they aspire,” he said.
The aim of the program is to educate the learners about the different types of driving in India.
“Every driver in the world knows the importance of driving to improve the quality of life.
This will be the driving school where we can help them realise their dream of becoming professional drivers,” Kumar said.
In addition to driving, the program will teach the learners how to be self-sufficient and how to deal with traffic congestion.
The programme will be run by the National Driver Academy, a private non-profit organisation that runs a driving program in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
NDFESA’s director Naveen Kumar said they have started training a group of learners and that they will soon start teaching their first cohort.
“In the coming few months, we are looking for more qualified learners.
They will be given training by NCEE in Delhi, and will go to our centres in the next few weeks to get their first lesson,” said Varda.
“A big part of the objective of this project is to ensure that women are not excluded from the driving education industry,” said Gopal Kulkare, executive director at NADEA.
“This is a good initiative, and we are keen to help the NDA government implement this project in a practical way,” said Kulkaran.