New Delhi, Oct 19th, 2007
In a landmark move today car market leader Maruti signed an MoU with the Government of Gujarat, to set up, manage and run The Gujarat Regional Automobile Training Institute ( to be referred as GUJRATI) at Gajadara village of Waghodia taluka in Vadodara district.
It is the first of its kind initiative in the country. The institute will not only provide driving training to tribal youth, it will also offer automobile technical training to them.
In this initiative, the Development Support Agency of Gujarat shall provide the infrastructural support and Maruti shall manage and run the institute. Maruti will provide technical expertise, guidance and all services at the institute.
Speaking on the occasion, Jagdish Khattar, Managing Director, Maruti said, 'At Maruti, we believe that one of the best ways for corporates to fulfil their social responsibility is by offering their managerial skills to society. Our initiative with the Gujarat government is one small step higher. In addition to driving training at this institute, we will also introduce short duration motor mechanic courses for tribal youth. These will strengthen their employability'.
Several other state governments, such as Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Chattisgarh and West Bengal have also approached Maruti to set up driving training institutes in their states. The company has already signed an MoU with the Government of Haryana for setting up two driving training institutes at Rohtak and Bahadurgarh.
Maruti and its initiatives for promoting road safety and safe driving in India
Maruti has been playing a leading role for many years now in promoting road safety and safe driving in the country. The company manages two Institute of Driving Training & Research (IDTR) in Delhi and Maruti Driving Schools across country. Through these facilities, Maruti has brought international standards in driving training and state of the art training infrastructure in the country.
The first major step towards promoting road safety was in the year 2000 when Delhi Government invited Maruti to manage the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) and start driving training courses. Maruti introduced training facilities and infrastructure including world-class driving test tracks, advanced computer simulators and training modules as per international standards at the institute, which is spread over an area of 14.5 acres. Regular research in road safety and safe driving was also started at the institute. In 2006, the second IDTR was set up to promote road safety by primarily targeting non-commercial drivers and impart driving training to them. This institute is also equipped with the same facilities and infrastructure as made available in the first IDTR.
The pioneering work and infrastructure of the IDTRs has caught the attention of the government and general public alike. Today, several government departments and agencies have made it mandatory for their drivers to undergo periodic skill training and evaluation at IDTR. Delhi Government has laid down that commercial vehicle drivers seeking to renew their driving licence need a certification. So far, the first IDTR at Loni, Wazirabad, (North Delhi) has trained and evaluated about 3,75,000 people, predominantly commercial drivers.
Maruti Driving Schools
Maruti has also involved its dealers across country in a big way in promoting road safety and safe driving. In collaboration with them, the company has set up 25 Maruti Driving Schools in 23 different locations across the country. These schools are equipped with the world class, state of the art driving simulators. Over 18,000 people have been trained so far.
The driving training modules are as per international standards. The modules include theory and practical both. Difficult driving situations such as fog, uphill terrain, rain and night driving is simulated on the simulators to give a feel to learners. They are then taken for actual driving on road. This rich mix of theory and practical gives learners a critical insight into the required driving skills. The learners are also given technical training like changing flat tyre and handling minor snags and repairs in the vehicle. Learners are also thoroughly informed about traffic rules and regulations in the training. In addition, the training focuses on developing right attitude for safe driving and road safety among learners.
The Profile of the trainees
For the convenience of women learners, there are lady instructors at MDS. It is interesting to note that as many as 53% of those coming to learn driving in these schools are women learners. All the instructors at these schools undergo extensive training at IDTR before they take up to train others.
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