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
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
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.