Meet Punita Arora The First Woman Lt. General of Indian Army

Hello Defence Lovers, Punita Arora is the first woman in India to don the second highest rank i.e. Lieutenant General of Indian Armed Forces and the first female Vice admiral of Indian Navy. Arora graduated from Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune. She did her Post -graduation in Gynae and Obst from AFMC and was awarded Gold Medal for standing first in Pune University.

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  • Punita Arora was commissioned in January 1968. Before becoming Vice Admiral of Indian Navy she was Commandant of AFMC.
  • She took the charge of commandant of Armed Forces Medical College in 2004 thereafter becoming the first woman officer to command the medical college.
  • Before that She was coordinating Medical Research of the armed forces at the Army headquarters as additional director-general of Armed Forces Medical Services (Medical Research).
  • She moved from the Army to the Navy as the AFMS has a common pool which allows officers to migrate from one service to another depending on the requirement.
  • Not only does she have the first firsts, she has also witnessed glory by winning 15 medals and various awards in her career.
  • She was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal, Param Vishisht Seva Medal  & Sena Medal for her contribution across.
  • At the time of partition in 1947, Punita came to India with nothing in their hand. They only thing they had in them was will-power and belief in God.
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  • They built up their dwelling brick- by-brick.
  • They had only their family’s morals and support that played the role of big valuable things to climb up the ladder of success.
  • Her husband served the army as a dermatologist until recently, when he retired as a Brigadier.
  • Her son is also a dermatologist posted at the Air Force base hospital and he is married to a doctor.
  • Her daughter also served the army before moving out to pursue her post graduation.
  • Incidentally Puneeta Arora’s father also dreamt of becoming a doctor.
  • During the terrorist attack on the army camp at Kaluchak, Jammu, she displayed absolute leadership and offered exquisite services to the needy.
  • She gave prompt orders to give medical assistance to the casualties without delay, hence preventing further tragedy.
  • She says she feels great to hold the high rank, just like any other male officer would. However, her being a woman and achieving this position, is not a reason to feel great of.
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  • Her humility and not basking in glory because she is a woman, shows that she is one of those who have contributed in bringing a change in the society.
  • She was born in a Punjabi family in Bhatinda, Sangha on 13th October 1932.
  • At the time when she was pursuing 12th, they came to India and settled in Saharanpur, UP.In 1963, she completed her study from Armed Forces Medical College from Pune.
  • She was also the topper of her batch.Her 36 years of a career in the Indian Armed Force was very mesmerizing and was full with pride, respect, and medals.
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