The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has found a way to meet its demand for drivers and conductors.
Delhi government school students who don’t want to pursue studies after class XII will now be trained to become drivers and conductors of DTC buses.
Pahal, a Directorate of Education’s initiative launched last year to provide vocational training to less academically oriented students, will train the students.
“This will make students who don’t wish to pursue studies further employable and add to the DTC workforce,” said Arvinder Singh Lovely, the Education and Transport minister
The minister has already asked the DTC to draw up a module for class IX students, so that they can be employed immediately after class 12.
Courses such as beauty culture and hairdressing, fashion designing and garment making, information and communication technology, automotive repair, travel and tourism and retail will also be taught during summer vacations.
The objective of these modular employable skills is to ensure skill development and upgradation of students.
“This initiative will empower the students economically and make them responsible and productive citizens of society. Besides having engineers and doctors, we also need educated drivers, mechanics and travel guides,” said Lovely.
While one part of Pahal deals with vocational training of students, the other part of the initiative focuses on students who are academically inclined.
The students are provided with training of competitive exams for medical, engineering and other professional courses.
Last year, students across 922 government schools took an online entrance test to qualify for the training classes.
While 30 students got through medical colleges, 185 made it to engineering colleges, 387 to the professional courses and 3,167 to other courses.