Woman cadet to get OTA`s Sword of Hon first time
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 19:45
Chennai: For the first time in the history of the Officers Training Academy, one of the country's premier defence training institutes, a woman cadet would be decorated with its highest award "Sword of Honour".

A Divya (21) would receive the honour, given to the best all-round cadet, from Chief of Army Staff Gen V K Singh on September 18 during this year's Passing Out Parade at the OTA here. She also bagged three Gold Medals in academics, Defence officials said today.

She would be among the 70 woman cadets and 157 gentleman cadets to be commissioned into the Army after the Passing Out Parade to be reviewed by Gen V K Singh, they said.

Since 1992 when OTA started training women after the Army opening its portals for their entry as Commissioned Officers, this was the first time a woman cadet has bagged the 'Sword of Honour'.

In this batch, 15 gentlemen cadets of Afghanistan and two woman cadets from Lesotho, a landlocked Constitutional monarchy in Southern Africa, also underwent training at the OTA.

Divya's father Ajith Kumar said he was very proud of her achievement while her mother Dinah Ajith Kumar said, "Getting this Sword of Honour not only shows her dedication but also her mental strength."

Divya a multi-faceted personality is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, percussionist and well versed in sports like basketball, discus throw etc.


First Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 19:45

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