The Vimalabai Jatar Charitable Trust has been funding the training of drivers and conductors for the past many years. The training happened this year too. The training takes place in several batches, of 24 drivers and 24 conductors in each batch (total 48) at IDTR, Pune (Institute of Driver Training and Research).
When the drivers and conductors work in pairs it improves communication. The training takes place over a period of two days.
Medha Jere conducted the role-play sessions. The drivers and conductors are put into difficult situations that they commonly face during their journey. For example, if a person with heavy luggage enters the bus and blocks the passage of other passengers. Or when there is a conflict between passengers about seat-sharing. Or how to behave if a passenger complains of a missing wallet.
Here are a few videos from those sessions.
The Vimalabai Jatar Charitable Trust was formed from the proceeds of the estate of Air Vice Marshal JN Jatar (popularly known as Bhayya) who expired in November 1992. It was Bhayya’s wish that a Trust in the name of his mother was established for the purpose of education. It is registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950.
There have been contributions from the heirs of the other brothers of AVM Jatar as also Maj Gen SCN. Jatar.
The primary objective is Education & Training.
Maj Gen SCN Jatar (Sudhir) has been running this trust since its inception and recently several new trustees have been inducted.
This trust has given scholarships to meritorious students in the past but now is mainly concentrating on funding deserving organisations like BORI (The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute), Tathapi, KKPKP (Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat) and the Gurnam Boys Academy of the Bombay Sappers. It has also funded the training of PMPML drivers and conductors which usually happens at ITDR (Institute of Driver Training and Research) in Pune.
Contributed by Maj Gen SCN Jatar.
(The late AVM JN Jatar (Bhayya) was the son of Bhausaheb and the grandson of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. He never married).