A total of 30 women achievers who have played a significant role in the Indian aviation sector were recently felicitated by Union Civil Aviation minister in Delhi.
In association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Industry (FICCI) and Women in Aviation International – India (WAI), the Ministry of Civil Aviation recently felicitated the contribution of some amazing women in Indian aviation sector. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Civil Aviation Minister, graced the event, among other top dignitaries of MoCA, FCCI, and representatives of airlines.
Each of the 30 women achievers have played a significant role in the fields ranging from defense services, aerospace, flight safety, strategic planning, heavy equipment operations, and more. The list includes names like flight lieutenant Shivangi Singh of the Indian Air Force (IAF); Captain Kunjal Bhatt, chief flying officer at IGRUA; Padma Shree winner snd skydiver Shital Mahajan Rane; Sophiya Anil, heavy equipment officer at BWFS; and more.
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Speaking of the achievements of these ladies, Scindia said “The success of women in aviation is not confined to airports or airplanes but to a much larger ecosystem. 15 per cent of our pilots in India are women, which is three times more than the global average. But this is not good enough as women have surpassed various odds and stereotypes, and I firmly believe there must come a day in India that this 15 per cent must reach 50 per cent of our pilot strength in our country. For this to achieve, we must start from having easy access to STEM education to our young girls in their early education”.
Apart from the felicitation ceremony, a book titled ‘From Sarees to Strip – True Stories of Commercial Women Pilots in India‘ was also released during the event. Written by Manisha Puri, it depicts the ascendency of women in Indian Aviation sector.