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Shivangi Ranjan
IIT, Kanpur

Pope John Paul II said in 1987, “The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”

With all of the environmental challenges that we face today, Honda is increasingly putting a higher priority on its environmental ethics. While Honda has a lofty reputation for producing innovative and high-quality products, its environmental efforts go much further and encompass a holistic approach, called the “Green Path” which aims to reduce the use of substances of concern and scarce natural resources in the design of their products.

The Y-E-S Program is a praiseworthy initiative by Honda to foster leaders of the posterity in the field of science and technology. With the hope to promote the dissemination of eco-technology among the youth, the Y-E-S award program has enthused numerous innovative minds to work for green cause.

If I say I’m honoured to be a recipient of this award, I would not be saying enough. This award has given me invaluable motivation to work for the environment through my research. The achievements of its previous recipients are inspiring and I wish I can follow suit. As I stand here, I see brilliant, like-minded individuals and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that I feel like I belong here.

On behalf of the recipients of Honda Y-E-S Award 2018, I would like to make a fourfold grace: to all our seniors, thank you for being a constant source of inspiration and guidance; to our astoundingly supportive family, thank you for your enduring faith, for making sure that we always choose the right path and stick to it; to our teachers, for giving us the opportunity to learn from them; and finally, to Honda, for being an important catalyst in our academic career.

I will now rest my speech with some powerful words spoken by Margaret Mead, words that hold immense insight for me in their simplicity: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Hari Ramachandran
IIT, Madras

It gives me immense pleasure to stand here before you today, as a recipient of the prestigious Honda Young Engineer & Scientist Award.

Let me begin by offering my sincere gratitude to Honda for initiating and propagating this award. It is indeed, a unique initiative, to promote excellence specifically in the fields of Eco-Technology.

I realized that this scholarship has, among others, two very powerful consequences. Firstly, it develops the mindset required for green technology amongst the brightest students in the country, triggering innovation and collaboration, spreading the message even wider. Secondly, when a corporate giant like Honda actively engages in promoting eco-friendly technology both through its business and through its social activities, it serves as a benchmark for industry to judge themselves by, and triggers a collective conscience throughout the entire industry, reinforcing the thought that the environment is an allied resource, and that energy is a responsibility, not a right. I would hence like to say thanks to Honda for supporting the vision of a sustainable future.

I would also like to thank many more people, beginning with my parents, who continue to support me in my every endeavour, be it personal or professional. I would like to thank all my gurus, beginning from my school teachers, to my professors in college and my mridangam teacher, who, besides knowledge, impart essential life skills such as the temperament required for research.

I thank the entire Honda Team for organizing the whole selection procedure and awarding ceremony seamlessly. 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.

Also, I would like to say thanks to my brother, whose ingenuity and sensitivity continue to inspire me on a daily basis, and encourage me to push my limits.

With these as my final words, I would like to thank Honda one more time and rest my speech. Thank you all for your support and attention.