Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has joined hands with Government of Punjab to manage and run 32 Driving Training Institutes in the State. The Company will invest around Rs. 3 Crores in a phased manner under this CSR program. To mark this partnership, an MoU was signed today between Mr. Ashwini Kumar, State Transport Commissioner, Government of Punjab & Mr. RS Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
The institutes will offer high quality driving training, using driving simulators, class room instruction and practical training. Once fully operational, the Driving Training Institutes will be able to train around 10,000 learners in first phase including women, youth and the underprivileged, annually. This driving training initiative would also help in enhancing employability of youth in Punjab. MSIL will undertake management of the Driving Training Institutes. It will provide driving simulators, training cars (with dual control accessories) and course curriculum.
On the occasion Mr. Anurag Agarwal, Secretary, Transport, Government of Punjab said, “We are delighted to partner with the country’s leading carmaker on the critical subject of Road Safety. We will benefit from Maruti Suzuki’s vast experience and expertise in this area. Over 10,000 learners initially are expected to benefit from the state of the art facilities of Driving Training Institutes spread in Punjab." These Driving Training Institutes will be located near automated driving test tracks which will be used by RTOs to conduct driving tests for license seekers.
Highlighting the initiative, Mr. RS Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki said, “India needs high-quality training in safe driving on a massive scale. Partnerships will help us achieve the scale. All our existing safe driving initiatives like IDTRs or MDS are shining examples of successful partnerships. Through collaborative approach we have touched nearly 2.5 million people, but realise that this is only a drop in the ocean. We are very happy to partner with the Punjab Government on this unique and pioneering initiative.”