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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The "Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai" Programme


On Saturday, 23rd July, 2016, I attended the “Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai” programme, an initiative by Tata Motors at G.D Birla Centre for Education in Kolkata. The motto of the programme is to ensure that school children travel safely by bus to school and back to home.


Since it is such a noble initiative, I couldn’t stop myself from attending the programme. The sessions of the programme were very interactive and engaging. At first, a presentation was shown to the bus staff about how they should make sure that the school children are safe and comfortable in their bus. Through the interesting and simple presentation, the bus staff learnt how they should understand the needs of children and talk to them in a win-win approach.


The programme comprised of an interesting movie presentation, simple discussions and fun games, through which the bus staff were taught how to ensure safe travel of school children.

Movie presentation

The 5 things that were mainly highlighted in the “Hamare Bus ki Baat Hai” programme are as follows:

1.  The first thing that was talked about in the session was that the bus staff should be extremely responsible towards the school children.


2 . The second thing that was highlighted in the session was that the bus staff, including the bus driver must know the names of all the school children. This will allow the bus staff to communicate with the school children easily. 

Question/Answer session

3 . The importance of etiquette, manners and grooming was explained to the bus staff.

4. The next thing that was highlighted in the programme was how to handle emergencies and accidents. The bus drivers were told to check the condition of the bus before starting the bus. It was also told to the bus staff to carry a list of emergency phone numbers so that they can call for help, in case an emergency arises.


5. Finally, difficulties faced by the bus staff in handling school children were discussed in details. Solutions were given to each and every problem that the bus staff have to face.

Fun games

Kudos to Tata Motors for this wonderful initiative! They have already conducted close to 800 sessions in schools all over India. Safe travel of school children is extremely important. We get to hear about road accidents so frequently and therefore, I feel that this program of enlightening the bus staff about the safe travel of children is the need of the hour.

Moreover, this program will also help the bus staff to interact with the children and their parents easily. When the parents will see that the bus staff is very friendly and responsible, they can be assured that their kids are taken care of, properly by the bus staff.


The children will also be able to travel to school and back to home safely. They will not have any problem in the bus because the bus staff will communicate with them properly. 


What I really liked about the “Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai” programme was that, through fun sessions, so many things were explained and taught to the bus staff. I am sure that the programme was successful in enhancing the safety skills and communication skills of the school bus staff that day. I could really connect to the exercise and I feel that such sessions can create a very positive change in metropolitan cities where accidents are so frequent.

I am sure everyone will agree with me that the safe travel of children is very essential. As responsible guardians and citizens, we must support this initiative. Follow their Facebook page to know more about their sessions!

You can also visit the site of Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai, where you can take the pledge for children’s safe travel. This is the first thing I did after attending the program.  

I've pledged for safe travel of school children. Have you done your bit too? Pledge now: http://www.hbkbh.com/safe-travel-pledge.aspx


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23 comments:

  1. Wonderful initiative indeed!

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  2. What a great initiative; a much needed one.
    Security, friendliness and knowing how to handle emergencies can go a long way to ensure that kids travel safe.
    It was really lovely reading about 'hamare bus ki baat hai.' :) Thank you Purba. :)








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    1. Yes, I totally agree. I was really pleased to know that Tata Motors are conducting so many sessions in schools all over India to ensure safe travel of school children.

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  3. Very useful initiative by Tata Motors. Daily in news there is much more we hear about carelessness of school bus drivers.

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  4. This is so important....When I was in India last summer, there was an accident in the school my niece studies in and a child died right in front of his house....It is not just the bus satf but some traffic regulations also are a must. Here in US, nobody is allowed to cross a bus that is dropping/picking kids from their stops.

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    1. Oh that's tragic :(
      Hope the situation improves here in India through such sessions.

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  5. A very useful and worthy initiavtive indeed by Tata Motors. Thanks for sharing the good word dear :)

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  6. interesting... Good initiative by Tata Motors

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  7. A needful initiative by Tata Motors. In my school days, I've had experience of 3 accidents of my School Van in Span of 10 years, thankfully no one was hurt. My younger sister still goes to school by the same van which is the reason why my mother calls the driver everyday, to make sure that everything is fine. I hope this programme reaches to each and every school in India so that every parent is assured of their child's safe travel.

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  8. Intersting! Good initiative for school children

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    1. Indeed, Subha :)

      Interested parents can nominate their child's school via this link http://www.hbkbh.com/parent-nominate-school.aspx# Thanks!

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  9. That is a really nice initiative. Much needed

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  10. wow.. Very nice initiative! So much can be achieved when we believe in our strength and enhance them.

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    1. Exactly, Hemangini. Thanks for your comment.

      Interested parents can nominate their child's school via this link http://www.hbkbh.com/parent-nominate-school.aspx# Thanks!

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  11. It is a wonderful initiative and a much needed one...I guess it can be extended to encompass the general public too so as to teach them some road etiquette and safety. Such a positive thing :-)

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    1. Totally agree with you Amit. I am sure this initiative will bring some positive changes in the country.

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