The 27-year-old Anupriya Lakra from Maoist-hit Malkangiri district of Odisha, has made her parents and the entire state proud as she becomes the first tribal woman from her village to fly a commercial plane. Her dream of becoming a pilot has become a reality seven years after she quit engineering studies midway and joined an aviation academy in 2012.
Daughter of a police constable in Malkangiri district, Anupriya Madhumita Lakra will fulfill her lifelong ambition of becoming a pilot when she joins Indigo Airlines as a co-pilot sometime later this month.
Reacting to the new, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik extended his wishes to Lakra for her utmost 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,” Patnaik tweeted, wishing Anupriya more achievements as an able pilot.
Belonging to the Santal community, Anupriya joined the Pilot Training Institute in Bhubaneswar in 2012. Before that, she was pursuing engineering studies in Bhubaneswar but left mid-way to prepare for pilot entrance test.
Anupriya who is the eldest of three children (she has two younger brothers), had studied at Deepti Convent School in Malkangiri till Class VII before shifting to Semiliguda where she completed her intermediate course from Jeevan Jyoti School.