Ahmedabad, Jul 17 : Honda, a two-wheeler manufacturing company, on Wednesday, announced to provide 100 percent scholarship to 20 girls commercial pilot aspirants as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
Under the initiative named 'Sapno Ki Udaan, the aspirants from four states in the state where the Japan-based company has its plants, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka and Rajasthan, would be selected and given training and also assisted in getting employed as commercial pilots.The company would spend around Rs 80 lakhs on each of them for the initiative. It will start with selection of five such candidates from Gujarat.
On the occasion of the announcement, Harbhajan Singh, Director, General & Corporate Affairs, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd said, said, "Many of the bright young women are not able to pursue their dreams due to lack of financial support. Under this unique initiative, Honda will provide 100 percent scholarships to 20 deserving young females for becoming commercial pilots. We believe that these young women would not only get into a highly respectable profession but also inspire millions in realising their power of dream."
In India, the percentage of women commercial pilots stands only around 12 per cent. Encouraging young women to pursue a highly respected profession, Honda invites all girls from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Karnataka to apply in this initiative.
"Honda will bear the entire cost of training right from their selection to training period of 18 months in one of India’s leading flying schools. Moreover, Honda will also assist them in getting a job as a commercial pilot," Mr Singh added.
The final 20 girls will be selected based on an exhaustive selection process. The selection would take merit and income level into the consideration. Young women having scored more than 90% in physics and mathematics in class 12th science under State Education Board will be eligible to apply.
According to him, the submitted applications would be screened based on different parameters, including achievements in co-curricular activities. Finally, a written test, medical test, psychometric test, and a technical assessment would be carried out to select 20 most deserving female candidates. The girls, proving their merit by qualifying the same, will thus get to avail special training course, supported by Honda. The application date starts tomorrow and closes on 10th August, he said.
Notably, the company has along with senior former IAF pilot officers roped in Captain Indraani Singh, Asia's first woman pilot who flew Airbus 320 for the project. (UNI)