BHUBANESWAR: A tribal woman from Odisha's Maoist-hit Malkangiri district became the first female pilot from the backward region.
23-year-old Anupriya Lakra's dream of becoming a pilot has become a reality seven years after she quit engineering studies midway and joined an aviation academy here in 2012.
The woman from the tribal-dominated district is all set to join a private airline as a co-pilot.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated Lakra for the rare feat achieved through dedication and grit and said it will set an example for others to emulate.
"I am happy to learn about the success of Anupriya Lakra. The success achieved by her through dedicated efforts and perseverance is an example for many. Wishing Anupriya more achievements as an able pilot," Patnaik tweeted.
Anupriya completed her matriculation from a convent in Malkangiri and higher secondary from a school in Semiliguda.
With a passion of becoming a pilot, she quit her engineering studies in Bhubaneswar mid-way and prepared for the pilot entrance test in Bhubaneswar, and in 2012, Anupriya joined the Pilot Training Institute in Bhubaneswar.
She has been selected as a co-pilot in a private airline and is likely to fly abroad shortly.
With inputs from PTI