The Honda Foundation (HOF) started the Honda Y-E-S (Young Engineer and Scientist's) Award program in Bangladesh from August 2019 through Bangladesh Honda Private Limited (BHL) in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). The kick off ceremony was held on Wednesday at Westin Hotel, Dhaka.
The ceremony was graced by Mr. Akihiro Kameoka, Managing Director, Honda Foundation, Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific, Mr. Himihiko Katsuki, Managing Director and CEO, Bangladesh Honda Private Limited, Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam Sheikh, Vice Chancellor, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Mr. Hitoshi Hirata, General Manager-JICA, Mr. Hiroki Watanabe, Ekmattra Society, Mr. Shah Muhammad Ashequr Rahman, Head of Finance and Commercial, Bangladesh Honda Private Limited and representative of respective universities.
The objective of this award is to “foster future leaders of science and technology fields to spearhead the growth of Asian countries in the future”. The Y-E-S Award program aims to discover and encourage students who would become the future leaders to develop and implement innovative technologies that help to realize truly humane civilization, maintaining the harmony of human being and its surrounding environment. The program initially kicked off in Vietnam in 2006 and it has been also implemented in other countries in Asia: India, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar whose economies are growing at a remarkable pace. Specifications of the program vary country by country to attain optimal results.
In Bangladesh, HOF intended to start Y-E-S (Young Engineer and Scientist's) Award with four public Engineering universities:
- Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
- Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET)
- Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) and
- Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET)
The program will annually select up to 4 undergraduate students of its designated four universities in Bangladesh to award a USD 3,000/= each student. Furthermore, the awardees can receive as additional award/grant upto USD 10,000/= under Honda Y-E-S Award Plus program, if they continue their study and training within 3 years after the receipt of the Honda Y-E-S Award either via master’s doctoral or study abroad programs in Japanese universities at Japan, or via internship programs in Japanese research organizations or private companies in Japan as approved by the Honda Foundation. An awarding ceremony for the program is currently scheduled in January 2020.