“Punjab’s Female Farmers’ Daughters Enlist as Flying Officers in the Indian Air Force”

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Punjab’s Female Farmers’ Daughters Enlist as Flying Officers

In a significant achievement, two daughters hailing from farming backgrounds in Punjab were commissioned as flying officers in the prestigious Indian Air Force (IAF), as stated in an official announcement. Ivraj Kaur and Prabhsimran Kaur, both graduates of the Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) for girls in Mohali, successfully completed their training and were commissioned as flying officers from the Air Force Academy in Dundigal and Hyderabad.

Punjab's Female Farmers' Daughters Enlist as Flying Officers
IMAGE : Prabhsimran Kaur, left and lvaj kaur were commissioned as flying officers in Indian Air Force.

Flying Officer Ivraj, the daughter of Jaspreet Singh, a farmer from Rupnagar district, will be joining the Flying Branch as a skilled helicopter pilot. Similarly, Flying Officer Prabhsimran, daughter of Paramjit Singh, also a farmer from Gurdaspur district, will serve in the Education Branch of the IAF.

Expressing his joy and admiration for the remarkable achievement of these young women, Aman Arora, Punjab’s Minister of Employment Generation, Skill Development, and Training, proudly acknowledged the fathers of the newly commissioned flying officers, who are proud farmers themselves. Arora believes that the success of these determined women will inspire children from small towns and villages in Punjab to explore and embrace opportunities as commissioned officers in defense services.

Mai Bhago AFPI, operating under the auspices of the Employment Generation, Skill Development, and Training department, possesses a fully residential campus equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, making it one-of-a-kind in the country. Arora revealed that the Punjab government has recently sanctioned the establishment of a National Defense Academy Preparatory Wing for girls at Mai Bhago AFPI, starting from the following month.

Major General J S Sandhu (retd), the Director of Mai Bhago AFPI, expressed his delight at the commissioning of these two alumni as flying officers. He believes that this accomplishment will further amplify their efforts to send more girls from the state to various armed forces pre-commission training academies. Major General Sandhu extended his best wishes to these newly commissioned officers for their promising future ahead in the IAF.

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In addition to this achievement, four cadets from the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (for boys) in Mohali, namely Ishan Bakshi, Manraj Singh Sahni, Harshit Bakshi, and Armaandeep Singh Sodhi, were also commissioned into the IAF at a passing-out parade held at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal and Hyderabad on the same day.

This recent commissioning has taken the total number of Maharaja Ranjit Singh AFPI cadets commissioned as officers in the Armed Forces to 140 over the past 11 years, as stated in the announcement. Aman Arora expressed the pride felt by Punjab for the exceptional achievements of these cadets and extended his heartfelt wishes for their successful careers in the service of the nation.

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