18 September 2012, Dhaka. Twenty one trained women drivers received certificates from the Communication Minister, Obaidul Quader MP, on the occasion of “Promoting Women in Driving Profession” event held on September 18, 2012. This successful first batch of BRAC driving school has finished a rigorous eight weeks of residential driving training and is now ready to be employed.
Congratulating BRAC on this initiative, the minister said “These certified trained female drivers will face no problem in getting employment as Nitol Niloy group has already agreed to recruit them along with BRAC”. Director of BRAC Procurement, Estates and Management Services, Mr Ahmed Najmul Hussain, mentioned in his keynote presentation that research conducted by BRAC shows 42 percent of the drivers know the basic traffic regulations , whereas 41 percent actually follows them. Identifying the huge lack of properly trained drivers in the country he mentioned, “BRAC will train 400 instructors and 600 female drivers through this driving school project with the support of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA)”.
Additional Inspector General of Police, Mr Nazmul Haque, and Chairman of BRTA, Mr Md Ayubur Rahman Khan, was present at the event as special guests. Group CFO of BRAC Mr Shib Narayan Kairy, and Senior Director Mr Asif Saleh spoke among others. The event was chaired by Managing Director of BRAC investments, Mr Muhammad A (Rumee) Ali.