transport training school---Transport Training &
Development Institute comes up in Hyderabad
is the first of its kind of an initiative in India
by any Goods Transport Association of any state to
train the personnel of transport sector
two storied building comes in city outskirts in
the hub of transport activity at Autonagar.
Hyderabad|India|August'2010: We want to help the drivers and
transport staff and thereby take the trucking industry to the next level.
With changing times, we need to change the first hand impression of the
employees in this industry. Keeping this in mind and with all these
changes taking place globally, nationally and regionally HGTA came up with
an idea of TTDI. Thus the idea of TTDI born. We have toiled on it for
several years. The funds required for this centre are solely managed
through contribution of members in the association.
Now truck drivers are hit with the computer bugs. They will be soon
transformed from lungi to laptops wielding professionals clads. “Transport
Training & Development Institute(TTDI)”, a first of its kind of
initiative—a state-of-the-art truck drivers and transport employees
training school cum grooming center comes up in outskirts of Hyderabad at
the hub of transport activity at Autonagar. This 9000square foot two
storied building is ready for its formal inauguration.
This is the first ever such a kind of centre dedicated to train the
personnel of transport sector who include truck drivers, cleaners, hamalis
(transport labours), staff of transporters. They will be trained to
enhance skills and knowledge to meet the present requirement of highly
automated vehicles and changing phase of high-tech express highway roads
and developing economy.
It is a brain child of 39years old Hyderabad Goods Transport Association (HGTA).
Conceptualised several years back, but, it took shape now thanks to the
dedicated efforts of some members of the transport industry.
A nation which does not take care of it’s farmers and soldiers is doomed!”
goes a saying. As a logistics professionals we should take care of drivers
or the supply chain is going to be doomed.
We have approx. 50 lakh truck drivers in India . In goods transportation,
the drivers play a vital role who moves the wheel of the economy.
The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the TVs we watch, the books we read
and the laptops we use are all transported by these unsung heroes. Roads
have more than 70% share of the goods and freight traffic in India .
“Human error is found to be the sole cause in 57% of all road accidents in
Yet the condition of the road drivers is pathetic. They do not have decent
places to rest, perform their ablutions, have to tolerate long queues at
checkpoints, frequent stoppages by the RTOs and police and wait for
loading and unloading. The incidence of AIDs among drivers is 3 times
higher than the average for the others.
We as corporates do a lot of service and Corporate Social Responsibility
activities. However, not too many CSR activities get focussed towards
drivers. We at HGTA want to payback to the industry on which we depend on
for our survival.
We have also received good support from auto manufactures, tyre
manufactures, lubricant companies, who have come forward with open mind to
support us with lab equipments\ cut sections, exploded charts and manuals.
“The objective of Transport Training & Development Institute (TTDI) is to
empower commercial vehicle drivers with all the essential safety practices
so that they face the roads with a much greater responsibility”. Citing
improper driving as the cause of nearly 80% of the road accidents in India
, it was pointed out that emphasis on safe driving is the need of the
Better driving practices and improving fuel efficiency is paramount
importance. Fleet drivers will be trained in improved driving skills,
basic mechanics, fuel saving techniques and safe practices. While skills
such as safe driving, fuel conservation, repairs and maintenance are
taught, other aspects of life on the road are also highlighted – trouble
shooting, fire-fighting, and first aid. The importance of good health is
stressed, with special emphasis on prevention of HIV – the most prevalent
disease among truckers.
Driver will be taught to be a goodwill ambassador on road. They will be
exposed to economical driving practices and other social aspects of their
profession. They will also be guided on Preventive Maintenance.
Orientation on special vehicles such as Volvo and other will also be
arranged from time to time.
Similarly transport staff, cleaners, hamalis also have equal
responsibility. So they are also groomed.
This professional training makes a huge difference. Drivers who are
trained systematically and scientifically have a significant advantage
over those without proper skills. The result? Fewer accidents, lower
operational costs and a happy workforce who are an asset to the
Refresher courses is offered to drivers of the individual fleet owners and
drivers of even the unorganised sector who will appreciate that, a
professionally trained driver, can make a huge difference in profits and
service for his businesses/clients.
TTDI plans to offer both Technical as well as soft skills programmes.
There are four programmes which are offered as Vocational Certificate
Courses. These are six month full time programmes. Three months of
theoretical training and three months of practical training in service
centers of well known automobile companies of reputation will be provided.
Placement assurance is offered to right candidates. A nominal fee of Rs
600/- is charged, which they can recover as they will be paid a stipend
while undergoing three months practical training. These training
programmes include: 01. Auto Mechanical Skills Course(AMSC); 02. Auto
Electrical Skill Course(AESC); 03. Transport Operation Skills Course(TOSC);
04. Motoring Skill Course(MSC).
Besides the hardcore technical skills, soft skills are also offered. These
include 01. Computer Course Basics; 02. Personality Development And Life
Skills Development; 03. Spoken English; 04. Meditation & Yoga.
The lungi clad drivers today have challenge. Challenge to meet the present
requirements of highly automated vehicles. They need to have knowledge of
online transactions, tracking software, Google map reading ability as some
of sophisticated trucks have them. Thus the TTDI has a dream to transform
lungi clads to laptop wielding drivers. Even learning basic English has
become a must as most of boards of high-tech roads, express highways are
written in English. Truck Drivers should have basic knowledge of English.
Today the goods transport sector is also facing the shortage of good
quality truck drivers who not only can drive vehicles efficiently but also
understand their role for the betterment of the industry. The industry
also has scarcity of efficient mechanics and technicians. Through TTDI we
hope to bridge this widening gap. HGTA's vision is to impart training in
sound human values, updated business practices on sustained basis. And
also to develop second generation quality technicians for the workshops
/service centers for the truck manufacturers and fleet owner's in Andhra
Pradesh. We will be targeting such students who scored moderately in SSC
and who have lost opportunity. In EAMCET and other competitive exam. The
basic qualification required to get into the programme is 10th or
Intermediate. In case of Motoring Skills Course, one should be above
18years of age.
The institute is developed passionately by its members. Modern and updated
mechanical and electrical labs are set up for on the job training (OJT).
It also has modern computer lab for teaching computer basics. The class
rooms are equipped with audio visual equipment. The center is equipped
with library with latest books, periodicals on current affairs, magazines
connected to industry for reference to increase the knowledge base of its
students. And that is not all. It has a spacious auditorium with seating
capacity of 300 people to enable to conduct in house seminars, health
camps, big meetings and inspiring lectures. For open air programmes like
Yoga and all it has open roof top facility which not many organisations
can boast off.
TTDI is open to conduct any sponsored short term courses for any transport
organisations and others. TTDI is conceived in such a way that it will be