Pune: A cadet of the Armed Forces Medical
College (AFMC) here, Shikha Awasthi, will become the first
woman to receive a Sword of Honour for overall excellence at
the passing-out parade of the institute.
She will also become the first graduate of AFMC to
receive all three top honours, namely, Sword of Honour,
President’s Gold Medal and Kalinga Trophy.
Lt Gen D P Vats, Director and Commandant, AFMC, said
"ladies have been serving in the Armed Forces medical services
with distinction. The selection of a lady doctor to receive
the Sword of Honour, in addition to other academic awards,
marks the entry of women into a position that has been the
exclusive domain of males."
"Awasthi will be given these awards at the passing-out
parade of the 45th course on March 18," he said.
Awasthi hails from Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. She did
her schooling from K-V Bolarum in Secunderabad before joining
the AFMC in Pune in 2006.