Three women pilots commissioned in Indian Coast Guard

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 16:00

Daman: Three women among 10 trainees from the
third batch of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), have successfully
graduated from the Daman Coast Guard Air Station (DCGAS) to
become pilots.

"I have finally achieved my childhood dream of becoming a
pilot," said Puja Patel, who is the first woman from Kutch
district of Gujarat to be commissioned as pilot in ICG.

"Whenever, I saw an aeroplane in the sky, I used to tell
my mother that my dream is to be a pilot and see the world
from the sky," she said after the passing out parade ceremony
held recently at the DCGA.

The third batch, which passed out from here comprise
three female and seven male trainees. They were given away
trophies and certificates by ICG Inspector General SPS Basra,
after the passing out parade here.

Elated at being one among the privileged, another passout
Rajyashree Rathod from Jaipur said, "by completing the
training here I have fulfilled my aspiration to become a

"In Rajasthan, preference to girl eduction is very poor,
yet my parents gave priority to it which has helped me
complete my studies and select a career of my own choice,"
she said.

Her mother Suman is proud of her daughter`s achievement
and said Rajayashree`s grandfather served the Indian Navy, and
hence they came to know about the Coast Guard, which helped
her pursue the dream.

After being commissioned as pilot, Neha Murduar, hailing
from Borivali Mumbai said, "I have accomplished what I dreamt
off. There is no sphere where girls are not leading."

Murduar got a commercial pilot degree from US before
joining for training at DCGAS.

Her mother Usha said that Neha’s father had expired
and despite all odds she worked hard to obtain her degree."


First Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 16:00
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