JICA -FRIENDSHIP Project - IIT Hyderabad
JICA -FRIENDSHIP Project - IIT Hyderabad
Project on “Future Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad to Enhance Network Development with Scholarship of Japan” JICA –FRIENDSHIP Project BROCHURE (DRAFT ver. 1.1, as of Aug 4th 2014)
About Project Back Ground: India is realizing tremendous economic growth in recent years with more than 8% annually. Human resources particularly in science and technology is key to sustain and accelerate Indian development. Establishment of first Indian Institute of Technology (lIT) at Kharagpur in 1951 made a historical beginning of high quality institution of technology, followed by six other IITs, at Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Delhi, Guwahati and Roorkee.
Encouraged by the success story of IITs, and in order to meet the pressing need of more high quality graduates, the Government of India (GOI) has established from 2008-09, eight new IITs, at Hyderabad, Indore, Gandhinagar, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Ropar and Mandi with aiming at further socioeconomic development and meeting expectation from industrial sectors.
Based on the commitment in August 2007 between both Prime Ministers of India and Japan, collaboration between lIT Hyderabad (IITH) and Japan has started. This collaboration will assist IITH for research and studies in identified areas, Construction of certain buildings and purchase of identified equipment for high-end research. There shall be intensive exchange of human resource at various levels by receiving guest lecturers and scholarships for the students. Besides the ODA Loan, it is proposed that the Government of Japan (GOJ) will contribute substantial amount as grant for faculties and students for pursuing joint research by receiving Scholarship for Japanese Universities.
It is envisaged that this grant is crucial to develop innovative technologies and do cutting edge research at the frontiers of science and technology. Moreover, personal interaction at various levels of faculties, industry experts and students, shall cooperatively help develop tremendous intellectual capital.
As a result of promise for grant assistance “The Project for Future Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad to Enhance Network Development with Scholarship of Japan” (FRIENDSHIP Project) was initiated from 2nd January 2011 for a period of 8 years till 31st of March 2020. Proposed Purpose & Main Activities: The overall goal of the Project is to contribute to the further development in the educational
and research activities of IITH through the world-class research network between IITH and higher education institutions & industrial clusters of Japan, whereby both can establish educational and research excellence in the field of science, technology and engineering in the future.
Academic experts from both countries identified the following five areas where India’s needs match Japan’s strengths. (1) Environment & Energy (2) Digital Communication (3) Design & Manufacturing (4) Nano-technology & Nano-science (5) Civil Engineering The purpose of the Project is to enhance research network between IITH and first rate higher education institutions & industrial clusters of Japan through the interaction of human resource in educational and research activities between IITH and Japan and also (1) To offer the scholarship programme for IITH graduates to study for PhD degree (Including Master's, if necessary) in Japanese universities, in the field of science, technology and engineering.
(2) To promote the interaction in human resource of educational and research activities between IITH and Japanese first rate higher education institutions through the fellowship programme. (3) To promote the interaction in human resource of educational and research activities between IITH and Japanese industrial clusters through the fellowship programme. The expected output from the above activities are that: (1) IITH graduates with Japanese PhD degree, faculties and researchers would contribute to educational and research activities
(2) Establishment of interactive relationship between the first rate higher education Institutions of Japan and IITH (3) Establishment of interactive relationship between industrial clusters of Japan and IITH Activities carried out (as of June 2014): As part of the proposed activities of the project, the following activities have been carried out during the past 3 years from the commencement of the project.
Academic Exchange: One of the most eminent personalities in the field of science & Technology in Japan, Prof. Anzai, who is President of JSPS and also President of Japanese Advisory Committee on IIT Hyderabad has visited IITH and interacted with Director, faculties, deans, Researchers and students to understand the requirement of IIT Hyderabad and has extended his full cooperation both as President of Japanese advisory committee and also JSPS in furthering high grade research at IITH. Another eminent personality who visited IITH is Prof. Jun Murai also known as “Father of Japanese Internet”.
He visited IITH in 2013 and has identified the area of “Digital Fabrication” as the research area where he would like to contribute to IITH.
During the past 2 years several workshops/ lectures and few seminars were conducted coinciding with the visit of professors and researchers from various Universities of Japan. Also, during the past 2 years IITH side has signed MOU with 3 Japanese Universities which are The University of Tokyo, Ritsumeikan University and Osaka University. IITH side is looking forward to have MOU’s with more Japanese high rated Universities for collaboration in research and education. In October 2013, a mission with 12 members headed by Director, IITH, Prof. U.B.Desai visited 7 Universities in Japan to further the collaboration in the field of research, academics and related activities.
Apart from the mission which went along with Director, IITH individually about 20 IITH faculty have visited during F.Y.2013-2014 their research counterparts or visited various universities designated to find research counterparts to further their research activities. The result of this activity was a huge success leading to some active research collaborations especially in the fields of Energy, material science, civil engineering and nanotechnology. Also about 7 faculties from Japanese Universities visited IITH for discussions to identify/ further research areas and activities.
Industry Collaboration: Project has received about 23 missions during the past 2 years spanning into various fields like Japanese Industry, Japanese Universities, Japanese University students, Japanese professors and also Japanese Media and Government officials. Project has also supported workshops seminars organised by Japanese Industry in IITH for improving relationship between Japanese industries and IITH. The Project side has also arranged meetings with several Japanese companies in India for interaction with IITH faculties to cooperate in the field of research and also to recruit IITH students in their organisations.
The biggest achievement for the industry interaction is the meeting of several big Japanese companies operating in India with IITH facilities to facilitate introduction of IITH and various faculties available at IITH. Presently IITH is in the process of building collaborations or have active collaborations started with several big Japanese companies ( Names withheld for NDA).
JICA-FRIENDSHIP Scholarship Program : A total of 6 students were sent to various Japanese Universities during the year 2012 followed by 9 students in the year 2013. For the year 2014, total number of students expected to go to various Japanese universities is about 15. The project side has organised Japanese Academic Fair in the month of October, 2013 to promote Japanese Universities to IITH students and also to announce scholarships to IITH students for the year 2014. This event was a huge success with about 300 + students and faculty participating and sharing their views and enquiries with the university booths installed, interacting with the 3 students who are now studying in Japan on JICA scholarship and also learning from the poster session organised at the event.
Activities planned for near future: After the completion of the initial 3 years of the project, IITH and Project side has been able to identify key areas where the project activity needs to be concentrated and has devised a plan of action for the next 3 years to achieve the final goal set for the project. Some of the key activities planned include strengthening human resource network between IITh and Japanese Universities by way of encouraging them to visit each other more frequently , organise joint workshops and seminars at both IITH or in Japan, and in the form of special events, conferences, seminars for IITH to interact with Japanese companies and invite them to IITH and encourage Japanese companies to have academic and research collaboration with IITH and also recruit IITH graduates in Japanese companies.
These kind of activities will leverage the understanding between IITH and Japanese companies and pave way for successful cooperation for mutual benefit.
Organising Japanese Academic and Industry fairs at IITH to provide a platform for Japanese Universities to advertise their courses for IITH students and also Japanese companies to interact with students and faculty to understand each other better and identify mutually interested areas for cooperation. Organising Human Resource Forum events in Japan and India to promote IITH to Japanese companies and Media and create a platform for the JICA scholarship students presently studying in Japan and IITH graduates in India to find employment in Japan / Japanese companies.
Inviting eminent professors and researchers from Japan on the request of IITH to promote research in new technologies which would make IITH a world class research organisation in a shorter span of time.
From the pen of JICA-FRIENDSHIP scholarship students
My life in Japan Mohit Joshi Doctorate Student-2nd year Deptt. of Materials Science and Engineering Kyoto University I find it interesting to share my experiences in Japan but ironically at the same time I also felt the difficulty to pen down the moments.
After giving a deep thought I realized that after one and half year I got very used to my Japanese life. I became quite adaptable to everything here, which causes an inability to identify the differences. The credit goes to the people around me, who eased my transition from an Indian to Japanese. But when I retrieve the experiences of my life in India & compare them with my current life, I can visualize the contrast and similarities.
I graduated from IIT-Hyderabad, India before joining the doctoral course in Kyoto University in Oct 2012. Since then it's a great experience to learn research work at Kyoto University. The emphasis is always on the discovery of fundamental aspect of research, in an organized and systematic way. I choose to research on Mechanical properties of Magnesium and its alloys in Tsuji-Lab of Department of Materials Science and Engineering. I preferred to work on Magnesium alloys since they are the lightest structural materials, which can have a high impact on improving fuel economy of various vehicles.
The lab activity which I admire is brainstorming discussions that stimulate critical and independent thinking toward research. I am impressed with the high amount of attention given to all small details involved in experimentation to ensure the quality of research. Kyoto University provides a favorable atmosphere to nurture one’s research skills under the supervision of renowned professors. My doctoral supervisor Prof Tsuji is internationally recognized for his research work. He is also an inventor of a deformation process Accumulative Roll Bonding that is widely popular in respective research community.
With world-class research facility and cooperative lab members, it’s a good opportunity to excel my research skills.
I am very fortunate to get the chance to live in Kyoto. It is one of the most clean and beautiful cities of the world, which feels like the heart of Japanese culture, has many Shinto shrines, Buddhist temple, palaces and beautiful gardens. In fact, Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan. One of the famous temples of Kyoto is Kiyomizu-dera, it has Sanskrit inscriptions on a stone tablet that is a beautiful evidence of ancient links between Japan and India. The practice of removing shoes when going indoor highlights a common characteristic of our Asian tradition. I discovered the old shrines and temples in the middle of modern business centers, which sets the example of preserving culture with modernization.
I felt that Japan is also the country with many hidden surprises like such an advanced country but still there is absence of 24 hour ATM services or no acceptance of credit card at many convenient stores. One can also find out that many jobs in Japan have their own specific dress codes and uniforms. In Tokyo, during office hours the metro trains are so crowded that the railway staffs are employed to stuff the passengers inside the coaches. But at the same time metro trains are amazingly safe and highly efficient. In reality, Japan has excellent public transport systems. It is also a very safe country with very low crime index.
Often people will leave their umbrella anywhere outside since nobody takes it and even some times people forget to lock their cycle or apartment. Such habit is quite common here, which is a disadvantage to foreigners living in japan, because when they return back to their home country they can easily become careless. One can also feel that Japan is an extremely time conscious society, people and social systems are highly punctual. Consequently, everything works in proper time form public transport to pizza delivery. The people of Japan in general are very polite, kind and warm-hearted. I remember the incident when one elderly person at a railway station in Kyoto helped me.
I was new to the city and I had to go to Osaka by train. I find it little difficult to locate the ticket vending machine at a railway station. I was at one of the subways to the station and unaware of the station map and directions. I asked about the ticket vending machine from a senior person who was coming out from the station. I thought that he would just point out the directions where I can go and look. But instead he took me to the ticket vending machine, which was quite far. Then he helped me in finding the correct fare and buying the ticket out from vending machine. At last he dropped me near ticket entrance gate after confirming the correct platform number for train from the stationmaster.
Another similar incident happened during my first visit to Tokyo. I was again rescued by a Japanese lady who noticed me puzzling at Shinjuku JR station. Such acts of kindness are very common in Japan. Indeed the basic fabric of Japanese society is composed of honesty, hard work and respect for each other, which provides it high strength to endure all catastrophes and ability to recover faster and stronger.
My experiences in Japan Saichandra Teja Doctorate Student-2nd year Division of Electrical. Electronic and Information Engineering Osaka University Unlike following the trend of students seeking higher degrees flooding towards western countries, meanwhile I choose to be coming to Japan. It might sound little strange but it isn’t as we think about it. It’s just we are not much aware of the R&D (research and development) in Japan because of the language barrier. The answer to question why Japan I would say Why not Japan the third largest developed economy in the world with world class facilities known for its sincerity and hard work.
When I choose Japan I made up my mind to make the most of it as it’s a best time to broaden the horizons and reach out to learn about the world. Entering Japan I faced new challenges, culture shocks which took a while to sink in. my lack of ability to communicate and the complete strangeness of this new culture was very isolating where in the short Japanese family home-visit program of JICA, anytime medical facilities were a great help. I started to learn more about Japanese culture and try to fit in with actual everyday life. The astonishing fact of their discipline and politeness is beyond belief! Already more than a year in Japan I can’t imagine how fast the time is flying.
As one of the very few foreigners in my lab of university with cutting edge research facilities was difficult to fit in the work environment because of language barrier, sempai-kohai (senior-junior) and was amazed to me how relationship-oriented Japanese people are. Well in the global corporate world it’s the same professional way. Through an Apprenticeship program got an opportunity to work in a medium scale Japanese company as Vice-President to understand the work culture. Through this I had a chance to look at work environment of a Japanese company closely. I have grown respect towards the Japanese people for their dedication, sincerity, hard work.
Being a member of the international student association at the university we get to meet fellow students from different countries understand their culture and socialize.no matter what the journey in Japan I am loving it even with its difficult challenges on one side to the dedicated astonishing culture on the other side will better me as a person, make me stronger, and make a big impact in my future life. I would thank JICA どうもありがとうございます。 For giving the opportunity and in future would like to be a person who is a bridge between India and Japan and contribute in all the ways possible for its development.
A new start to life Mritunjoy Kamila Doctorate Student-1st year Department of Chemistry Tohoku University Life starts anew, I heard it many times from the guys who studied in foreign countries, in particular the ones (countries) which have their own kind of cultural blend. I got to get it here when I landed in Japan. You certainly have to start afresh when you join Japan. The cultural mores and societal standards are different and stand on the other end when you look from your own fixed position. Above all language problems, my bad, I started feeling suffocation in the days of my inception here.
The beginning of my story may give you a feel that I am about to knock myself out of Japan, but you are mistaken because here the life presents you challenge and everybody here is more than willing to help to counter this challenge. “I will show you around and escort you through academic procedures”, says my tutor Yoshida San. “You´ll have a friend in me!” insists Gao San. A crew of local students is looking forward to becoming your buddy, to helping you adjust smoothly to their community. Shida San, Hori San, Maisuma San, Wu San and many, many others are willing to go the extra mile so that your stay at the University of the Japan remains a memorable experience.
I am relishing myself here along with my studies. With some ups and downs in my research; I am able to observe and scrutinize life closely and letting myself to become a better human At the end of the day I have received something more from Japan, than only education which comprise of some feelings of happiness, satisfaction and really loving friends. It is worth for me to spend few golden years of my happy life in the land of rising sun and fun during cherry blossoms days will enforce me to revisit this wonderful country. Love Japan. Tanima Biswas Doctorate Student-2nd year Department of organic chemistry Waseda Universtiy After spending more than eighteen months when it comes the time to put my experience down about life in this sunrise country, it really takes time for me to decide which experiences to share as by this time I have gathered a lot of memories about this country...
and to my pleasure all these are my happy day’s memory!! Yes, that’s where I believe the magic of this country plays role. The so called hard to penetrate introvert Japanese society know how to welcome a stranger with all its warmth, care and positivity, that often a stranger like me starts thinking this country as her second home. When I opted Japan as my higher study destiny, it is needless to say that the vast scientific research with cutting edge infrastructure made me attracted to this country. The abundance and easy access to scientific resources made the research life so easy. Beside those academic facilities the most important thing to learn here is the work culture and discipline.
Research training under such work culture constructs a strong base for future work life, and there can be nothing better than assimilating this disciplined life style up to the highest extent. In today’s international context Japan is a leading country, running at par with the post modern world, but still what I personally adore about this country is that there is clubbing of modern fashionable culture with intense, ethically enriched traditional Japanese culture. Being an Indian I often find many underlying similarities between both country’s culture being. One just keeps on setting up the reactions and you never know when you get a good result, but when you get it, you just start loving your life more and more.
I must confess that research life here is little boring in traditional Japanese labs but ours lab here is an exception. A maximum amount of leeway is given to we people in devising research plans and then working over them. This is aiding a lot in developing a personality which is in sync with the modern ethos of independent research. At the end I want say one word to you all and Japan, dōmo arigatōgozaimashita for this delightful and pleasing research life.
Life in the land of rising sun Payel Laskar Doctorate Student-1st year Department of Chemistry Osaka University I joined here as a PhD student at the department of chemistry in the Graduate School of Science, Osaka University from 1st October. My research interest is in the area of co-ordination chemistry. Starting a new educational journey in a country with different cultural and social aspects, plus a different education system was a little bit difficult job, but with Ms. Junko Yamanoi’s (JICA Co-ordinator) valuable advice and guidance, I started to look everything from a different standpoint and it proved fruitful.
With this, I started to get accustomed and interested in the culture, in the social communication. Furthermore when you have a group of people always ready to help you & teach you the new aspects of research life, and always with you when you face any research problem; you will start enjoying life here. Igashira sensai, my Associate Prof. always encourages me to keep on going instead of many failures and her inspiring remarks like “you will cherish these failures whenever you discover something new”, will stimulate anyone and I was no exception. My junior, B4 student Ichikawa kun said “lets learn English and Japanese together” & Yasukawa kun said “Whenever you have to set up a new reaction, I will be always available for you”.
With lots of up and downs in my research now, I have started to enjoy the life here and am hopeful of learning about new fields of research in this short span of three years which I can Japan is very secure and safe place for foreigners, but we have to remember one thing, that rules are rules here; either accused is Japanese person or a foreigner. So I am learning and following all the rules and regulations. Here, people are much disciplined and dynamic in their professional life, and I have to learn a lot from them. I want to share a personal incident happened with me, which became a reason to be feel safe and secure here.
One day I lost my wallet in the campus. I was very much worried as it had cash and other very important stuff. Immediately I rushed toward my lab and explained my problem to my colleagues. They told me with confident smiles just go to the campus security office and you will find your wallet. As I reached the security office, I was surprised to see my wallet with all the stuff and counted money. After ensuring that I am the real owner of the wallet, they returned it back to me with a greeting “ありがとうございます(Aarigato gozaimasu). Bhupendra Sharma Doctorate Student-1st year Dept. of Advance Mechanical Engg &Robotics Ritsumeikan University It is an immense pleasure to write for JICA’s first FRIENDSHIP project brochure.
I am a doctoral student in the department of Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Ritsumeikan University. Here, I am working on development of advanced structural and functional materials with an objective to develop a low Elastic Modulus Titanium based Biomaterial through powder metallurgy route. My supervisor and other researchers are well experienced and highly supportive. They always help, support, and encourage me in my research. Also, my Japanese and International friends in my laboratory always extend their generous help to me in my experimental work which makes my life much easier. As most of us might be knowing that Japan is one of the most expensive country in the world, as I was lucky to have JICA and IIT Hyderabad collaborated scholarship (FRIENDSHIP project, which is supporting me to enjoy a comfortable life in Japan.
In Japan, life is full of fun with adventurous experiences. Many kinds of tasty and decorated dishes always attract me. Japanese people are very kind, honest and very helpful. I always like to visit Japanese shrines and temples. Initially, I felt alone here because of nonEnglish speaking people, but later on after learning survival Japanese language I am enjoying real Japanese life and Japanese culture and adopting it. Therefore, it is always recomwill have lots of experience in the different aspects of chemistry along with expertise in various equipments. As I want to pursue my career in academics where research and teaching coexist, this PhD period will enable me to get the confidence to start as independent researcher.
Furthermore the interaction between Indian student and Japanese student will definitely help to improve the bilateral cooperation and we can generate a common platform and can invent new methodologies and new fields of research together. Finally I am very grateful to JICA to give me such an opportunity to learn and enjoy my research life in Japan.
From An IITians to KEIO-jin Chaitanya Kulkarni Master Student-1nd year Department of Mechanical Engineering Keio University It all started from Mumbai’s CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTL. AIRPORT. It was the night of 8th September 2013 and I was taking leave of my family and friends to go to a whole new country called JAPAN.
It was my first trip abroad and, in fact, my first Airplane journey ever. I was very excited but at the same time a bit anxious. I was going to a place very different from India, culture-wise and of course language-wise. I was not sure whether I will be able to adjust. And thus, my whole flight experience was spent contemplating about Japan and its culture.
I had, previously, read about Japan and the highly polite nature of Japanese people. But first thing, that really surprised me, was when I saw the ground crew at Narita Airport doing the “Saikeirei” (最敬礼 – the Japanese traditional bow) at the time of arrival of the airplane. At that moment, I realized that I was about to enter a very special place. But the anxiety was still there. The JICA staff at the airport was surprised when I said “Konnichiwa. Hajime Mashite” (Japanese way of greeting someone the first time). And from there, my journey in Japan began. Everything in Japan was amazing. From the super-clean streets to the sky-high buildings, from the cars who line up for signal even at 3 in the morning to the queues of people waiting on the train station, from the extremely expensive malls to the reasonably priced 24-hour convenient stores “Kombini”s (“reasonable” according to Japanese standards :P :D).
I was feeling amazed at each and every step. Ofcourse, communication was bit of a problem but any Japanese, I was approaching for help, used to try his/her best using smart-phone apps or hand-actions or any other way to communicate. All the anxiety, I had, was gone in first week itself.
Then came the big day. The “Welcome Ceremony” at Keio University. This is the day, I became part of the prestigious Keio University of Japan, starting my Masters’ studies in the department of Mechanical Engineering. It all began with a mesmerizing performance of the “Keio Anthem” by students and an inspirational speech from President and Vice-President of the University (though only some of it was in English J ). I felt proud to be part of this great institute. News of starting the semester with the summer camp visit to “Nippon Steel factory” was a pleasant surprise. With my extremely limited Japanese language skills and some English, I managed to make a lot of friends.
Not only Japanese but I also made many French, Burmese and German friends.
Fall semester started and the work-load increased but, thanks to the research-oriented way of teaching and my very kind and always ready-to-help supervisor, I was never under any kind of stress. Friendly discussions with peers in meetings, during lunch and on coffee in cafeteria made me think more openly and insightfully. As I am in an International graduate program, I got to interact with students from varied backgrounds and exchange cultural stereotypes. Along with research, weekend trips to parts of Tokyo, Nikko world-heritage sites and parties with lab-mates just added to all the fun. The experiences, of having “gohemochi” (rice cakes) in Iida city (Nagano prefecture) and “hakata ramen” (Noodle soup dish) in Fukuoka (Kyushu prefecture), were something to be cherished for a long time.
Additionally, the local cultural exchange events organized by JICA Yoke desk provided much more insight into the Japanese-culture. Currently, I am in my second semester at Keio and I am quite sure that my future stay in Japan will be just as fruitful and filled with amazing experiences as it has been till now. But I can say, now, that I have transformed from being a proud “IITian” to being a proud “Keio-jin”.
Sumimasen (すみません ) Swapnil Khodake Doctorate Student–1st year Department of Crystalline material science Nagoya University Myself Swapnil Ghodke, PhD research scholar in Department of Crystalline Materials Science at Nagoya University. I have graduated from IIT Hyderabad with major in materials science and engineering. In my masters, I have worked on development of ecofriendly piezoelectric materials for vibration sensor applications topic under guidance of Prof. Ranjith Ramadurai. This work was also part of "Information Network for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Project" (DISANET) project.
My research interest is “Investigating and developing high performance energy harvesting materials”. My research topic is the prime motivation to choose Japan. After M.Tech I joined Ikuta laboratory, Nagoya University, through JICAFriendship program. Here, I started my research work on thermoelectrics materials, under the guidance of Prof. T. Takeuchi. My PhD work is focused on finding high performance ecological thermoelectric materials and suitable ways to enhance figure of merit. My valorous journey began in Oct 2013, in a completely novel world with new language, different culture, exotic food, inexperienced climate, and in short it was new birth of Swapnil San in the land of rising Sun.
World recognize Japan for technology, research, unique culture, and especially for their inherent love for peace, discipline, kindness, and honesty. One best thing is their love for the nature. It’s not exaggeration to say that I am unable to differentiate between “People live with the nature or nature live with the people”.
The lab culture, it’s an exciting and most important part of my life in Japan. Currently I am the only international student in my lab. The interaction with lab meets is quite fun; we enjoy faltering English or Japanese for communication. There is one major change in lab culture, all the seminars or group meetings are being tried to be conducted in English. I really appreciate the hardwork everyone does, as many a time it’s round the clock work. Apart from our busy life, we have enjoyed parties together and particularly when faculties are around. Although there are some problems in communication, but everyone has supported me for getting adapted to this new culture, and new life.
I have visited some of the finest industries in Nagoya like NKG insulators and Chubu Electric Power through Factory visits, organized by Nagoya University for International students. These visits cherished me glimpse of elite management, technology, and the quality of work for which Japan is known for. JICA Chubu provided nice opportunities to meet and interact with JICA participants came from different countries by inviting me in various cultural and formal events. I am exploring Nagoya city by visiting Nagoya Castle, Toyota automobile museum, City science museum & planetarium, and botanical garden specially in cherry blossom.
Yet, there are still many places in my list to visit. I would not say it was very difficult, but it wasn't that easy to get adapted with the most chilled nights, communicating with the people or learning cooking. All these things were made simple by enormous support from JICA officials, my friends, my sensei, and my parents. I am sincerely grateful to FRIENDSHIP program, Nagoya University, and my Dr. T. Takeuchi Sensei for giving me this opportunity to pursue my dream. I will do my best, for making a contribution to scientific community and for betterment of our society.
Nippon: A place to learn from it Elango Chandiran Doctorate Student– 1st year Department of metallurgy Tohoku University Nippon, a place which teaches everyone in the world who has a closer look on her is that “Learn from the past, look to future, but never give up”. Personally was so much fascinated to be at here from very longtime not only for being developed country, but for their work culture and ethics, and most important things being never missed to espousing their traditions, customs and values though developed. I am gratefully to JICA for providing the perfect opportunity to be here.
At first to settle in Japan, I never felt any problem because of the overwhelming support from the JICA, my Laboratory members, University and Japanese people. It made me to feeling like I have just travelled some distances in aircraft to start my next day as usual I used to do in India.
They had arranged everything right from my accommodation to furnishings, assisted to complete registration formalities at prefecture office, arranged for tutor to take care of my day-to-day activities and now a Teaching Assistant to assist my experimental work. In the research front, the depth of work to understand the fundamentals in order to develop new range of materials for application oriented is something astonishing. The industries provides strong support for the research activities in the Institutions and the mutual assistances between them are commendable. I believed that, as professors will be very busy always and it is difficult to discuss about my research work.
However, realized that is not in most case. My supervisor always will be there to sort out my issues be it experiment or anything else. I had been introduced to in undergraduate about Japanese management tools like 5s principles, Kaizen etc., but here I observe that these are followed almost everywhere be in japan and it seems to be a way of one’s life in Japan and felt its importance to live a happy professional life or personal one. The support from my laboratory members are overpowering from teaching how to use to chopsticks to train me to complete my first half marathon run (I never run more than 2kms in my entire life till then).
Indeed very much thankful to my supervisor and lab mates for engaging me in the week end activities like baseball, fishing, trekking etc., .Another thing is learning the Japanese language offers relishes and helps to realize myself about the childishness in me at this age. I can observe high similarity in grammar pattern between Japanese and my mother tongue Tamil. One thing I like so much in Japan is its sea of omiyage (souvenirs) as each one offers its own meaning to it. In short, Life in Japan offering me a great feeling that I am living in my hometown which I missed while I am in India.
Thanks to kind-heartedness, politeness and ever smiling face of the Japanese people and wonderful surroundings in around to me in Japan.
Cultural shocks in Japan Mahendra Kr. Pal Doctorate Student– 2nd Year Department of Civil Engineering The University of Tokyo Any journey starts with honeymoon period followed with many cultural shocks. These cultural shocks quantifies your passiveness towards your lovely country and its culture. Following the same track my journey started with multiple shocks, few of them are explained here. When I came to Japan, I was completely zero in Japanese. One day I was bicycling around the Mitaka. I was stopped by a police person and he asked something to me. Since I was illiterate in Japanese so I was not able to understand even a single line of the Policeman.
My first conversation was as below. 警察 との 会話 警察：すみません、著と待てください。 私：はい。。。。 警察：日本語は いいですか？。 私：日本語が食べません。。。。 警察:ああｈ : ( I was really embarrassed after this conversation, I couldn’t understand what really had happened, but his expressions were conveying the whole story.
The Shinjuku Station, The busiest station in the world spanned with 36 platforms. However Statistics are very charming, but once you get down at this station, story reaches to the climax. Within 2-3 minutes you find yourself into the mid of ocean of people dressed up as executives. Story doesn’t conclude here. On the contrary, it gives you another after-shock. If you start walking in corridor, you may end-up to some department shop, may to some other railway line entrance. Most of the case, you may come back to same place after roaming around 10-15 minutes. The crowd and pusher in JR lines is killing me.
Though the frequency of trains in only 3 minutes, even it’s very tough to entrain yourself during these rush hours. Fortunately or unfortunately, every day I commute with brave heart and amuse myself with enforced. All such wonderful experiences are enhancing my life in Japan. In the spring vocation, I got an opportunity to visit the Kansai area i.e. Kyoto and Osaka and this opportunity has bestowed me another cultural shock within the Japan itself. Once again I was illiterate in Japanese in front of Kansai people. But the Kansai dialect really impressed me. I liked that more than Tokyo dialect.
The dressing sense of Kansai people is quite different as Tokyo people. In Tokyo most people wear only the executive colors but it is tough to count the number of colors in Kansai area attire. It is quite similar to apparel of incredible India.
I must say Kansai has craziest young kids ever I have met. I visited the Universal Studio. The car was full of kids in which I was travelling. They were making unbearable sweet noise but we love these noise. As they got out of the train, their parents started to take pictures. Suddenly they saw us and wanted to have pictures with us. They made me to match my height with them, to do cheezzzuuu ... and many other crazy stuff, which they were doing. I really loved this. At least for that moment, I turned into a young kids with little maturity however the innocence was back to me.
The unique aggregation of traditional and modern culture can be witnessed only in the land of rising sun.
Please allow your beautiful eyes to snap such an awesome eye-pleasant blend of nature. Enrich yourself with all aspects of experience with open mind. Never constraint yourself with Indians only, Please get connected with all international communities.
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