Car rental aggregator firm Ola on Monday announced plans to invest Rs 100 crore towards skill development in India and empower 100,000 driver-partners in the next three years. After signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, Ola said the joint project will involve identifying people from various section of the society and skilling them to become driver entrepreneurs. Also Read - Ola Cabs to start services in London from February 10; detailsAlso Read - Ola self-drive car service 'Ola Drive' kicks off in Bengaluru; 3 more cities to follow soon
“We are excited to partner with NSDC to invest in the training and skilling of drivers as this would help us realize the larger goal to skill 50 lakh drivers in the next five years while contributing towards our mission of building mobility for a billion Indians,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO and Co-Founder, Ola.
The MoU was signed between Aggarwal and Manish Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, NSDC, in the presence of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi; Ram Naik, Governor, Uttar Pradesh and Devendra Singh, MP.
“We are happy to work alongside Ola, driving this campaign that has the potential to significantly improve livelihoods and contribute to the economic growth of lakhs of Indians. Such initiatives will go a long way in promoting skill development and creating an environment of entrepreneurship for the people of the country,” added Kumar. ALSO READ: Uber and Ola Cabs to soon offer taxi services to government departments, PSUs at special rates
Ola is working closely with several state governments to create a skilled workforce. Over the last five years, the company has been successful in skilling over 5.5 lakh driver-partners. Ola recently launched India’s first state-of-the-art dedicated training centre for drivers in partnership with Rise India and NSDC at Chapra, Bihar.
“Together with NSDC and Ola, we will be able to enhance the capacities of driving training programmes effectively enabling economic development for the people in the country,” said Ajay Chhangani, CEO, Rise India.