Uber Technologies is teaming up with the country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) as part of its objective to bring a million skilled driver partners on its platform over the next two years.

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Uber has about 4 lakh drivers on its platform in India, which is its second largest market in terms of trips taken after the US. R S Kalsi, Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at Maruti Suzuki, said they expect to train 30,000 drivers under this programme.

Uber India President Amit Jain said on Thursday,

With UberSHAAN, our plan is to rapidly scale India’s entrepreneurial base and generate one million livelihood opportunities on the Uber platform by 2018. Our partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation and Maruti Suzuki will be instrumental in realising our goal by 2018.Through this partnership, we will be able to promote safe and responsible driving while facilitating meaningful livelihood for youth

UberSHAAN will be rolled out first in Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi-National Capital Region. After a four-month pilot, the facility will be extended to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Pune. Driver training and on-boarding programmes will be organised, which are required to join the Uber platform. Maruti has 370 driving schools and six institutes of driving and traffic research.

“The initiative is aimed at providing aspiring commercial drivers with micro-entrepreneurship opportunities and equipping them with necessary skill to operate on the Uber platform. We expect to train 30,000 drivers under this programme”,

said Mahesh Rajoria, assistant vice-president, driving and training, Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL).

Besides, training drivers through a specialized module at Maruti Suzuki’s driving schools, Uber is also forging an alliance with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to impart among others soft skills at its in-house centres across 28 cities to its existing driver partners.

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