If things go as planned, colleges in Delhi will soon have a new system that will make it easier for its students to avail driving licences at their college premises.
According to Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot, the system is likely to be launched by September this year, under which the students will be able to both take test and apply for the licence in their colleges.
The state government aims at making the educational institutions empowered through its proposed plan of issuing learners’ licences.
The eligibility criteria includes students being over 18 years of age and scoring at least 6 out of 10 marks in an online test conducted by the institutions.
“The project, which will be reviewed by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia this week, is being expedited because the demand for learners’ driving licence is highest among the 18-24 age group applicants,” the minister told Hindustan Times.
Gahlot also explained that among the population that took the learners’ licence last year, more than 53% fell under the 18-24 age bracket. “So, primarily students are the ones taking these licences and authorising educational institutes will revolutionise the system,” he added.
The project will reportedly commence its first leg with government polytechnic colleges. Also, seven colleges falling under the state government like the Ambedkar University are being included in the plan.
A total of 88 institutions that fall under DU will subsequently be part of the project.
“Students will be able to take the test either in English or Hindi. The test is just of 10 minutes and will have 10 objective type questions,” officials concerned said. The online test is supposed to be conducted at colleges on a weekly basis.
At present, there are 13 motor licensing offices across the city where a person can apply for a learner’s licence. Following implementation, this will be the first time that the authorisation for issuing driving licences will be partaken by anyone other than the MLOs.