Message from Mr. Khateeb Noor Ul Huda

Please give a short introduction about yourself.
My name is Khateeb Noor Ul Huda, hailing from a coastal town named Udupi in Karnataka State. I did my schooling in Udupi itself and then joined IIT Hyderabad for Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. Later, opportunity presented itself to me in the form of JICA-IIT FRIENDSHIP program, through which I joined Master’s study at Fluids Engineering Laboratory in University of Tokyo. I completed my Master’s in March 2015 and continued for Doctoral study at the same laboratory. My leisure time includes watching movies, meditation, following some infrastructure projects in India, etc. My immediate family includes my parents and two sisters, who are currently residing in Bangalore.


What is your favorite thing about Tokyo?
Skyscrapers and MRTS connectivity. Excellent infrastructure and them being earthquake resilient. You could find trains from and to almost any place in and around Tokyo, which quite impressive. Also, people in Tokyo being patient, punctual and duty conscious is an amazing feature to observe.


In what way has your impression of Tokyo or Japan changed since coming here?
I knew about importance given to precision in Japanese society, but the precision is so high that it surprises me every time I hear anything about it. Also, I am certainly impressed by love for the nation and job that Japanese possess. I negative impression I observed is unwillingness of people to help unknown people in difficulty especially in Tokyo (maybe due to busy schedule).

What attracted you to choose the University of Tokyo as a place to study?
Couple of important reasons:
1.University of Tokyo being regarded as the best University of Asia.
2.My university in India having direct collaboration with JICA and constant student exchanges with University of Tokyo resulted in positive impression about FEL in University of Tokyo.


                    In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?
                    I didn’t have to adjust a lot. My professor knows English pretty well, so I didn’t have to learn Japanese, although I am learning it.

                    Secondly, I like to stay alone most of the times, just like many Japanese do. I attend some parties but a major handicap is that

                    I don’t drink alcohol.


                    Please give a message to students or researchers in your home country who may be thinking about studying in Japan?
                    Japan and Japanese are loved by Indians, but they always have a couple of well-formed presumptions regarding Japan in the back

                    of their head.
                    1.Japanese language: Japan is becoming more and more globalized and thus in the process, becoming more

                    English speaker-friendly. Companies have started hiring people without Japanese language background.
                    2.Earthquakes and safety: Japan is one of the safest countries in the world with regards to natural disasters. Almost all the

                    buildings are earthquake resistant and there are numerous plans and preparations in place in case of any natural disaster.

                    Also, crime rates are extremely low in Japan in comparison with other countries.