Bihar girl first female pilot of the Indian Navy

MUZAFFARPUR: The girl became the first female naval pilot on Monday.

Shivangi (24) was born to Hari Bhushan Singh, a school teacher and housewife mother, Priyanka Kumari, of Fatehabad, in the Paru district block. She has been included in the Indian Navy as an SSC (pilot) after completing her NOC course at the Naval Academy of India in Ezhimala in Kerala. Now, she will fly the Dornier maritime reconnaissance plane.

Talking to this newspaper by phone after his parade in Kochi in Kerala, Shivangi said that becoming a defense pilot was his childhood dream. Since I saw a helicopter flying over the sky over my town during the elections almost a decade and a half ago, I wanted to fly a plane or a helicopter. Now, my dream has come true, said Shivangi, a graduate in mechanical branch engineering from the Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology.

Shivangi's father, who along with his wife joined the fainting parade at the Kochi naval base on Monday, said it was a proud moment for them. I had never dreamed of this moment in my life. My daughter has made us extremely proud. I am very happy to be here, he said.

Recalling Shivangi's hard work and ambitions, Singh said that a naval presentation made as part of the program conducted by the Indian Navy at his university instilled in him the latent desire to fly a plane.

She passed the Service Selection Board (SSB) exam conducted by the Ministry of Defense in 2017, but was unable to receive a call due to fewer vacancies. His fate was favored when he appeared on another SSB test in Bangalore in March 2018 just after five to six months of joining the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, to pursue his MTech. After a six-month naval orientation course in Ezhimala, he spent another six months flying a Pilatus basic trainer at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Singh said.

Shivangi, who has made history as the first female naval pilot in India just 2 days before Indian Navy Day on December 4, said: You don't need to be super talented to fly a plane; but you need to work very hard and stay focused.

Meanwhile, back in Muzaffarpur, Shivangi was the village conversation on Monday. Not only their villagers but also their teachers and classmates were proud of their success.

Ramesh Kumar, from his village, said that Shivangi's success has been an example for other girls to fulfill their dreams. It has become a role model. It will boost girls' education in the region, he said.

Sarika Kumari, one of her classmates in Class VIII at the DAV Public School in Bakhari in the city of Muzaffarpur, was equally jubilant. Shivangi always performed excellently, whether it was studies or sports. He even did well in school debates and other extracurricular activities. I used to participate in all co-curricular activities at school. His nature during school was very useful and jovial, Sarika said.