Message from Mr. Gautam Abhishek Kumar





          Please give a short introduction of yourself.

I am Abhishek Kumar Gautam. I am presently (Dec. 2016) pursuing the Master’s course
in the laboratory of Robotics and Dynamics in the division of Human Mechanical System
and Design at Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University.
I was born and brought up in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. I completed Bachelors
of Technology in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from Indian Institute of Technology,
Bombay. Subsequently, in year 2007, I joined ONGC Ltd. at Ankleshwar Asset, Gujarat.
I worked for ONGC Ltd. in various capacities till 2012. In March 2012, I joined Indian
Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers, at Jamalpur, Bihar. I have worked as the
assistant divisional mechanical engineer at Erode Diesel Locomotive maintenance shed
and the divisional mechanical engineer at Chennai Division in Southern Railway, Tamilnadu.
I was the chief depot officer of Basin Bridge coaching depot, one of mega coach
maintenance depot in Indian Railway before coming to Japan. I was nominated by Railway
Board and selected by the Japanese Government (MEXT) to pursue Master’s course in railway technology as a part of MOU between India and Japan signed in December 2015.

What is your favorite thing about Sapporo?

Sapporo is a wonderful place. It has all types of weather and every season has its own uniqueness and beauty. I like the way people celebrate every season. It is full of fun. This makes the place dynamic. Foods here are too good. Though they are costly but fresh and tasty. I can find everything of my taste or I can say Indian taste. The place is highly organised and well structured. I never have any problem to reach a desired place. People are great here. They are humble, gentle and highly cooperative. Though language is a hurdle, it is not tough. I am highly impressed by the service sector in Sapporo. Basically, I like many things here. I have mentioned only a few.


In what way has your impression of Sapporo or Japan changed since coming here?

I found Sapporo to be a better place I was looking for.

What attracted you to choose Hokkaido University as a place to study?

I found the research work in the laboratory of Robotics and Dynamics in the division of human mechanical system and designwas matching with my field of interest. Secondly, I found the University and place very beautiful.
It was a nice selection taken by me.


In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

I found that Japanese culture is right for me. I found a lot of similarity between Indian culture and Japanese culture. I never faced a problem adjusting to food, climate and people here.


Please give a message to students or researchers in your home country who may be thinking about studying in Japan?

Japan is one of the best places to pursue higher studies for Indians. I wonder why Indians are few here when Japan offers best technology and infrastructure, high social security, unique culture and cooperative people. I find it better than any other destination.