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Late Mr. H.K. Firodia – The Doyen of Indian Automobile

The Kinetic Group, with the flagship company Kinetic Engineering Limited, was founded by one of the most celebrated and inspirational industrialists in the Indian Automobile Industry – Late Mr. H.K. Firodia.

Mr. H.K. Firodia, fondly remembered as the Doyen of the Indian Automobile Industry, collaborated with his brother to start and operate some of India’s most esteemed automobile companies, including Bajaj Auto Limited (in partnership with the Bajaj Family), Force Motors Limited (under a technical license from Mercedes Benz), and Kinetic Honda Motor Company (in collaboration with Honda). Mr. H.K. Firodia was the man who almost single-handedly laid the foundations of the now flourishing Indian Automobile Industry and bequeathed the Kinetic Group an illustrious legacy. He firmly believed in harnessing technology for self-reliance and emphasized greatly achieving excellence in everything that we do. He always prized the spirit of human endeavour.



The Awards are known as HK Firodia Awards for Excellence in Science & Technology. Started 25 years ago in 1996, the awards can be called revolutionary initiative, as it became the highest prize in science and technology in value and scale. It exceeded even the prestigious SS Bhatnagar prize.

The aim is simple – to recognize extraordinary achievements of Indian scientists and inspire young students and researchers to pursue a life in science.

The Awards are given to any Indian Scientist who has made original and outstanding contributions in India work to any field of Science & Technology such as Agriculture, Engineering, Medical Sciences to Space and Environmental Sciences etc.

Renowned scientists Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar and Dr. Anil Kakodkar and shri. Arun Firodia are on the award selection committee. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Dr. CNR Rao are two eminent winners were later on honored with the prestigious Bharat Ratna Award in 1997 and 2013 respectively.

1st HK Firodia award to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam-1996
1st HK Firodia award to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam-1996