Soon, students in Delhi will be able to apply for licenses at their colleges itself. The government is planning to give authority to the educational institutions to issue learners’ licences. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has said that the new system is expected to be launched by September.

The students need to be above 18 and must score at least 6 out of 10 marks in the online test which will have to be administered by the institutions. The Transport Minister said that the project is being planned, keeping in mind that most of those applying for learners’ driving are between the age group of 18-24 years.

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“More than 53% of those who took the learners’ licence last year were in the age bracket of 18-24 years. Those between 25-35 years constituted 25% — the second highest. So, primarily students are the ones taking these licences and authorising educational institutes will revolutionise the system,” Gahlot said.

The project will be reviewed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia this week. While the project will begin with the government’s polytechnic colleges, seven colleges under the Delhi government such are also being roped in for the same. There are plans to include nearly 88 colleges under Delhi University under the umbrella.

If the project becomes operational, it will be the first time that the government will authorise anyone other than the motor licensing offices to issue driving licences. At present, there are 13 motor licensing offices where applicants can visit to get a license.

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As per the plan, the online test for license will be conducted by the colleges once a week in English as well as Hindi. “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,” the officials were quoted as saying.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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