The following article will take you through all the details right from application, interview details to contacting past scholars and life in Japan. I strongly recommend all the applicants and especially the finalists to go through all the information including various links and avoid the mistakes.

      The first question, may be you will have is that why Japan and more importantly why the Hindu-Hitachi scholarships? Read this to get an idea of  how can the experience help you in making a better future.

       The Hindu-Hitachi scholarships were started in 1959 in collaboration with the “Hindu” Newspaper and Hitachi for providing exposure to Indians to advance Japanese technology and work culture. To get a glimpse of Hitachi's worldwide activity to foster strong bonds between nations click here.

       Each year the HINDU invites applications from engineers who have a minimum of One Year experience and are willing to pursue training in one of the areas provided by Hitachi in Japan. The training lasts for about 6 months from July to December including 40 days training in Japanese Language at one of the AOTS kenshu centers.

    Click here for step by step information to the application process and other related useful information.

    If short-listed the HINDU invites selected applicants for an interview at their head-office in CHENNAI around second week of March. For more information about the interview and preparations click here.

    The HINDU interviews about 30 candidates out of which 6 are selected for the first round. The list of these 6 students is sent to Hitachi out of which they select 2-3 students depending upon the vacancies with various Hitachi establishments and the applicant’s area of interest.  The second round does not involve an interview, but is just a second level selection carried out by Hitachi officials.

    The final list of candidates selected by Hitachi is announced my Mid-April. Once finalized you have to send various documents to Hitachi, Japan as well as apply for a PASSPORT (If you don’t have one) The list of documents to be sent to Hitachi can be found here. The training begins in the first week of July. So there is almost 2.5 months of time from moment you know that you have been selected. You can utilize this time in a fruitful way to make your training and experience in Japan more enriching and rewarding. One of most important thing you can do is to start learning Japanese. It will help you in interacting with people, getting ideas and making friends. For more information about what you can do in that period please click here.

    All the expenses including the tickets would be borne by HINDU and Hitachi. You will be given sufficient money to live comfortably in Japan along with an health insurance to cover all your medical expenses and various other allowances. 

        On arriving in Japan, You will spend your first 40 days in one of the four AOTS (Association of Overseas Technical Scholarships) Kenshu (Student) Centers. The primary purpose of this short training is to teach you Japanese and help you in getting accustomed to Japanese way of life which will help you when you proceed to your respective training places. Please click here to know what exactly you will be doing at these centers and what else can you do during the time to add to your Japanese experience.

    The Language training gets over by mid august and then you proceed to your technical training sites. These are not fixed as Hitachi has many factories, offices and research centers all over Japan. Each of the trainee will mostly be going to a different part of Japan. Here you will realize the importance of the language training you were given and get to see the real side of Japanese way of working. For more information about preparing yourself for this phase please click here.

    You may still have doubts regarding what fields are the trainings offered in and how will be technical training like. Though you cannot always get a complete ideas you can always write to the past scholars for getting information about the technical training sites where they underwent training. A partial list of the past scholars can be found here. 

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