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Sanghamitra Dutta
IIT, Kharagpur

It has been a great honour for me to be selected for the Honda Young Engineer and Scientist Award, a unique and one of its kind initiative by the Honda Foundation. Honda believes in the ideals of its founder Soichiro Honda. A man who always inspired everyone to “follow your dreams", it is due to his vision that today Honda has achieved such an esteemed multinational pedestal.

I applied for the Honda YES Award at the suggestion of one of my batch-mates. It was indeed overwhelming to find my name shortlisted for the essay round, and even more to be selected for the first round of interviews in December. I still remember how nervous and yet excited I was when I appeared for the first round of interview for the Honda Yes Award, at my institute in December. My joy knew no bounds when I received an invitation call for the final round of the interview.

The stay at Honda guest house was especially memorable for me as I got an opportunity to interact with many other students from other IITs and we all had a great time together. Our final round of interview was held at the Honda Plant in Greater Noida. The splendid lunch does deserve some special mention, for easing our tension before the interview. I would specially like to thank the representatives of Honda Foundation for co-ordinating the selection process so wonderfully and for each and every arrangement to make our stay comfortable, beginning from airport pick up to the grand dinner at Radisson Blue. Our interviews were followed by a presentation about the journey of Honda led by Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa. What fascinated me most about Honda was their ideal of "respect for the individual" which is clearly exhibited in the homogeneity in uniform that everyone wears in Honda, irrespective of any hierarchy.

I would like to thank the Honda Foundation from the core of my heart, for considering me worthy of this Award and providing me this unique experience of interacting and developing a relationship with the Honda Foundation.

Ganesh Kumar Baskar
IIT, Kanpur
It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for me to be a member
of the prestigious Honda Young Engineers and Scientists Award
scholars’ community. Though the cash award and the hospitality of
Honda were heart-warming, it was the feeling of being recognized by an
esteemed organization as one of the 14 bright youngsters chosen among
thousands of students across IITs that made it really special.

This award has given me the confidence to aspire higher and contribute
to humanity at large."