USTM Launches Driving School for Women
GUWAHATI, 8 March, 2018: On the occasion
of International Women’s Day, a driving school
for women has been launched today by the
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM)
as a part of its community college initiative.
Named “USTM Women’s Driving School: An Outreach
Initiative of ERDF”, the initiative aims at
empowering women, especially those who are
economically weak, school dropouts, widows,
single mothers and the like by enabling them to
earn a living by taking driving as a profession.
Open for all women, the course will include both
practical, theory and personality development
classes. The ceremonial launch at USTM was
honoured by Prof. Jeane W Anastas from Silver
School of Social Work, New York University, Prof
Yasmin Saikia and Dr Chad Haines from Arizona
State University, USA, and Guwahati-based
entrepreneur Meghali Bora.
“With the view of women empowerment on the
International Women’s Day, the programme begins
from today with enrollment of students. Along
with others, our faculty members and students
who are willing can also avail this course. We
are recruiting efficient lady instructors for
the training”, said Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor
of USTM and Chairman of ERD Foundation, Guwahati.
He said that Meghali Bora, who is the Managing
Director of a city based driving institute, will
be the Director of the school at USTM.
Meghali Bora, Director of the driving school,
said that a driving course from USTM will add
significance to the course and this is a bold
initiative taken for the first time by a
University in the region. “We are keeping
minimum age of joining the school as 18. It is
an appeal from USTM and its parent orgaisation
ERDF to all who want to recruit a woman driver
to contact us after completion of course of the
first batch”, she said. Apart from driving, the
course will also include training on minimum
skills such as changing a tire, etc.
The course offered by USTM includes five stages.
There will be orientation classes for 3 to 5
days that will be followed by hands on practical
lessons by female trainers for 10 days. This
will be followed by 10 days’ training on
communication skill, ethics and professionalism.
Then there will be practical test of 200 marks
and then exams of 100 marks will be taken. After
the exams, USTM will also arrange Internship for
the students for 10 days after which
certificates will be awarded. The University
will also help the students in placement with
women employers. Classes will begin from 15