The Defence Ministry has decided to make the Indian Air Force’s trial plan for inducting female fighter pilots permanent.
On Tuesday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the decision demonstrates India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) potential and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to women empowerment.
The ruling came months after the Supreme Court cleared the door for women to enrol at the famed National Defence Academy (NDA), which had hitherto been a male-dominated institution, for recruitment into the three services.
In June 2022, the National Defence Academy will induct its first female cadets. In October 2021, the Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking decision that allowed women to enter NDA