Malkangiri: Her passion to travel the world drove Odia girl Anupriya Lakra to become the first female pilot from Malkangiri district.
Coming from a backward region infested by Maoists, Anupriya dedicates her success to her parents' unending support and her sheer will power.
She is the daughter of Mariniyas Lakra, Odisha Police Constable and Jimaj Yashmin Lakra, a homemaker. She finished her matriculation from Malkangiri's Deepti Convent School and her 12th from Similiguda's Jivanjyoti Vidyalaya. She left her engineering mid-way to follow her passion of becoming a pilot.
Hailing from DNK Colony of Malkangiri Sadar, Anupriya, dreamt of becoming a pilot since her childhood.
The young girl, who completed her schooling in Malkangiri, later joined an Engineering college in Bhubaneswar to pursue her graduation.
However, she opted to drop out of her engineering course in order to follow her dreams. Hence, she took admission at the Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) in the state capital.
After appearing at various examinations in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, in 2012 she underwent special training for becoming a pilot.
While she was posted as a co-pilot in an airline under a private company, in no time she flew across half of the world after being deployed in Singapore.
Besides, making her parents and family proud, Anupriya has also spread a wave of happiness and brought a glimpse of hope in the tribal-dominated districted that usually trembles with the fear of Maoists.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expressed his happiness regarding the success of this Odia girl. Acknowledging her persistence and her efforts the Chief Minister took to his Twitter handle and wished her to garner all the recognition as a flawless pilot.