Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, today hosted the Honourable President of India – Mr. Pranab Mukherjee – at the Company’s Driver Training Institute (DTI) in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh. The Hon’ble President was at the Institute to get a better insight into Ashok Leyland’s initiatives in the area of driver training. During his visit, he was taken on a tour of the Institute where he experienced the modern technology, simulator and infrastructure used in training drivers.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Ashok Leyland said, “It is an honour for Ashok Leyland to host our Honourable President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, at our Driver Training Institute in Chhindwara. Over the years, our institutes have evolved as Centres of Excellence, where the drivers are prepared to handle the wheels of commercial vehicles and sensitised to the responsibility of holding life both on and off the road. Ashok Leyland is proud to have had the distinction of having trained drivers for the President’s office for the last six years and have been able to live up to the trust they bear in our organisation.”
“As one of the largest CV manufacturers in the country, Ashok Leyland believes that it is our duty to ensure safety on the Indian roads as professionally-trained drivers can make a significant difference. We will continue to train individuals and cover all aspects of driving and road management, while also promoting a holistic approach to health, stress control, and overall well-being”, he added.
Set up in 1995 at Namakkal, the Ashok Leyland Driver Training programme is a pioneer of driver training in India, becoming the first company to recognise the vital role of a driver in the transport industry. With nine institutes across India, the Company has taken on the responsibility of imparting training in safe driving techniques to commercial vehicle drivers in India. Ashok Leyland has, in all, trained eight lakh drivers in its institutes across the Country.
The training curriculum at the Institute covers all aspects of driving and varies from training for beginners to refresher course training, fuel saving techniques to safe transportation of hazardous goods, etc. All service-training centres are equipped with the latest aggregates, general and special tools, technical handouts and audiovisual equipment that is continuously updated. The company also offers well-equipped Mobile Training Vans pan India through experienced trainers and instructors, where courses are conducted primarily on familiarisation and maintenance of Ashok Leyland products.
Ashok Leyland’s well-established, state-of-the-art Driver Training Institutes in India are at Namakkal (in the trucking heartland of Tamil Nadu), Burari (Delhi), Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Kaithal (Haryana), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Railmagra (Rajasthan), Dharwad (Karnataka), Bengaluru (Karnataka), and Ranoli (Gujarat).