Students may soon be able to get a learner’s driving licence at their colleges. According to a proposal by Delhi government, college principals and university registrars will be authorised to issue the licence.
Youths, mostly students, form the bulk of those applying for learner’s licences every year. Of the 4.17 lakh learner’s licences issued in 2016, 53% were in the age group of 18-25 years and 25% in 25-35 years.
Government officials said the beginning is likely to be made from polytechnics and colleges under Delhi government. Applicants will have to give an online test and answer six out of 10 objective-type questions correctly to get a learner’s licence. “The server of the college would be linked with the transport department using Sarathi software for the computer test,” said an official.
Educators were, however, sceptical about the proposal. SK Garg, principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said, “Where is the space to conduct the trials in colleges?” But GK Jha, principal of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College, said this will help students avoid the long queues at RTO offices.