Honda Young Engineer and Scientist's (Y-E-S) Award in Bangladesh - 2020

Honda Young Engineer and Scientist's (Y-E-S) Award in Bangladesh - 2020


Dhaka, January 28, 2020The Honda Foundation (HOF) started the first Honda Young Engineer and Scientist's (Y-E-S) Award program in Bangladesh by the kick off ceremony held on August 04, 2019 2019 through Bangladesh Honda Private Limited (BHL) in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). The final award ceremony was held today at Westin Hotel, Dhaka.


The ceremony was graced by Mr. Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Member of Parliament, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Industries as The Chief Guest, Mr. Hiroto Ishida, President, Honda Foundation, Mr. Himihiko Katsuki, Managing Director and CEO, Bangladesh Honda Private Limited, Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific, Prof. Dr. Saiful Islam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Mr. Kentro Matsumoto, General Secretary, Honda Foundation, Mr. Hiroki Watanabe, Ekmattra Society, Mr. Shah Muhammad Ashequr Rahman, Head of Finance and Commercial, Bangladesh Honda Private Limited, awardees, media and guests.



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. Bangladesh is the 6th Country to intoduce the Honda Y-E-S award.


Participation of University:

In Bangladesh, HOF started Y-E-S (Young Engineer and Scientist's) Award with four public Engineering universities:

  1. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  2. Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET)
  3. Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET)
  4. Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET)




Every awardee will be awarded USD 3,000/= and 1 (one) motorcycle from Honda Foundation and Bangladesh Honda Private Limited respectively.


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 4 years after the receipt of the Honda Y-E-S Award either via masters 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.


To fulfil the objective to joy and freedom of mobility, Bangladesh Honda Private Limited (BHL) will award 1 motorcycle for each of awardee



Mr. Hiroto Ishida, President of Honda Foundation announced the First HONDA Y-E-S award winners as below:


Name of Awardees






Electrical & Electronic Engineering




Civil Engineering




Computer Science and Engineering




Electrical & Electronic Engineering


He said, “Our hope is that all awardees who are here today will use these opportunities to develop into leaders working at the helm of Bangladesh’s future.”


Evaluation Process:

  1. Students applied through specific application form to the Vice Chancellor of the respective university:
  2. Recommendation from University which ahred to the JICE
  3. JICE evaluated and selected 15 students and hand-over to evaluators for final selection.


Final Evaluation:

JICE selected 15 students and forwarded to expert panel of Evaluator to select the 4 (four) final Y-E-S awardees. There were two part of the evaluation process:

  1. Essay Writing (Day 1): Evaluate candidates’ both professional & social knowledge.
  2. Interview (Day 2): Evaluate candidates thoroughly about both professional & social knowledge along with other personal skills (presentation, communication, reaction, etc).


To execute the program, we are nominating 6 evaluators and the following are the evaluator details:


Name of Evaluator



Working Place


Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury

Chief Evaluator



University of Asia Pacific


Mr. Abul Hayat


Engineer and Actor

Retired from WASA Executive Engineer and Actor


Dr. Tateo Arimoto




Honda Foundation


Mr. Hitoshi Hirata



General Manager-



Mr. Hiroki Watanabe



Ekmattra Society


Mr. Shah Muhammad Ashequr Rahman


Chartered Accountant

Head of Finance

Bangladesh Honda Private Limited



The program hopes to promote dissemination of ecotechnology among the young generations and at the same time to strengthen interaction and exchange between Japanese youths and young people expect to lead science, technology and industry in their respective countries. We aim to use the results to promote human welfare and happiness and to contribute towards the creation of a truly humane civilizationbased on the recognition of the need to strive to create a higher level of humane society to make people happy with technology.









Honda Motor Co., Ltd. always serves people worldwide in expanding their daily lifes potentiality with freedom of mobility to make peoples lives better. We have always known that business success is not measured solely by our products, but also by our efforts to make the world better. Honda strives to enrich the social and economic well-being in communities and Honda Foundation (HOF) is supporting for enhancing the same objective.

Honda Foundation was established in 1977 by donations from the founder of Honda Motor Company, Soichiro Honda, and his younger brother, Benjiro with the vision of the legacy of the founder late Sochiro Honda, Whether it be learning or technology, everything in this world is nothing more than a means to serve people. I think the most important thing of all is to have love for people and technology is nothing more than a means to serve people”. Its goal is to contribute towards the creation of a truly humane civilization through interdisciplinary approaches. The Foundations belief is that science and technology should truly contribute to happiness and peace of mankind, and along that principle, Honda Foundation is engaged in a variety of activities which includes:

- Honda Prize: annual award to an individual or group in recognition of the recipients remarkable achievement in the field of science and technology that is in harmony with both the natural and the human environment (what we call ecotechnology”);

- International Symposia and colloquia: opportunities for open discussions on the roles and possibilities of ecotechnology among experts in various disciplines; and

- Honda Y-E-S Award: a grant program to discover and encourage students who would become the future leaders to bring ecotechnology into action.


Bangladesh Honda Private Limited (BHL) is committed to offering the highest-quality products at reasonable prices while contributing to society by providing people with the joy and freedom of mobility.  Through these efforts, BHL will strive to be a company that society wants to exist in Bangladesh. Driven by strong passion, the company will take on new challenges to fulfill this mission.


Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) was created in line with the policy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan and JICA to strengthen private sector roles and functions in the management of ODA projects. JICE will serve as the liaison for HOF Y-E-S (Young Engineer and Scientist's) Award in Bangladesh.