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SAI UTTEJ KODURI
IIT, Madras

A very good afternoon to everyone present!

I am deeply honoured and humbled to stand before you as a recipient of the Honda Young Engineer & Scientist Award.

It would be unfair to think that I made the journey here alone. I would like to thank the people who should actually be standing up here beside me.

I express my deepest gratitude to:
my mom who inspired me to dream, my dad for his rock-solid support, & my sister for her immense faith in me.

Your support and encouragement mean the world to me.

My journey so far has been nothing short of unique, enriching and fulfilling. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to Honda for investing in this powerful cause and for the believing that “ A group of young determined souls inspired by a firm purpose can make all the difference ”

I thank the entire Honda Team for their seamless and meticulous planning of the entire process. My sincere gratitude to Mr Shirish Garud for this honour, and for believing that I can make a contribution to the sphere of eco-technology.

As I stand here, I see like-minded individuals waiting to make their mark. There is much more to be done, there are so many problems to be solved and many more lives to be touched. We all see the award as an encouraging nod, an uplifting pat to be a little braver in all our adventures.

With deep gratitude and broadened vision for the immense confidence placed upon me, I pledge to myself and to the world, that I shall always give my best.

Thank you very much!

Lakshmi Vasanta Majety
IIT, Kharagpur

A very good afternoon to all present!

John Calvin Maxwell, an American author and speaker rightly said - “If you believe in someone and give them a positive reputation to uphold, you can help them to become better than they think they are.”

And that is precisely how I feel about being bestowed upon with the prestigious Honda Young Engineers’ and Scientists’ Award. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition we all have received because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was as capable if not more, of winning it.

The initiatives of Honda towards prioritising their environmental ethics and engaging with full vigour in not just advocating but also practising eco-technology are inspirational, to say the very least. This award not just encourages ingenious and bright students of the country in developing the mindset for eco-technology but also sets an example for the industry to direct their research and social activities towards sustainability and energy conservation.

Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my classmates, seniors and professors, for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each phase of my life. I sincerely thank my parents for helping me reach this stage where I can proudly hold up this award as a mark of my achievement. I also promise to only get better at my work and withhold the legacy set by the previous recipients.

I would once again like to thank Honda for all the support and for trusting me with this opportunity. I would like to wish all the Y-E-S awardees best of luck for their future endeavours. I hope all of you have a great day ahead!