Nirupama first from Bihar to unfurl Tiranga on Mt Everest. Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey has become the first person from Bihar to climb the 8848 mt high Mount Everest. Ms Pandey performed the feat on May 25 this year.
A Bihar information department statement here today said Ms Pandey, a class-I, Gazetted Officer from Indian Air Force, presently posted to Air Force station, Rajokri, New Delhi under Headquarters, Western Air Command, New Delhi has achieved the distinction of becoming the first person from Bihar to unfurl the ‘Tiranga’ on the highest point of earth, Mount Everest.
In a telephonic talk, Ms Pandey said that she feels proud to be a Bihar resident who has scaled Everest.
Ms Pandey has made Bihar proud by not only becoming the first girl but also the first person from Bihar to reach the summit of Everest. With this remarkable achievement, Bihar has also joined the league of 14 other Indian states which has at least one Mount Everest summiteer to its credit.
Ms Pandey while climbing Mt Everest followed the South East Ridge route from Nepal which was used by Hillary and Tenzing in their first successful expedition to Mt Everest in 1953.
The team was flagged-in after the successful summit by Defence Minister A K Antony here on June 10.
Squadron Leader Pandey hails from Jamo-Jalalpur village of Siwan district of Bihar.
Born to Rajendra Pandey and Uma Pandey, the officer is married to Squadron Leader Prakash Jha, who is also a co-officer and also a qualified mountaineer.
The 30-year-young dynamic lady officer was part of first Indian Air Force all women officers expedition to Mount Everest which was flagged off by Air Marshal J N Burma, PVSM AVSM VSM Air Officer- in-Charge Administration here on April 13, this year.
Ms Pandey started her mountaineering career in 2007 by undergoing basic mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. The lady officer has several other mountaineering expeditions to her credit which includes Mt Stock Kangri (6121 mtrs) in Leh, Mt Kamet (7757 mtrs) and Mt Abhigamin (7357 mtrs) in Garhwal region and Mt Saser Kangri I (7672 mtrs) in Ladakh region.
The officer has completed her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya.
She attained graduate degree in commerce from Ness Wadia college, Pune and MBA from Wadia college Pune with specialisation in marketing.
Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey is a 2003 batch Indian Air Force officer who graduated from Air Force academy as Flying officer in Accounts stream. The officer is a national level athlete. The officer while undergoing training in Air force academy has won the best in outdoor training trophy and cross country champions trophy 2003 in women’s category.
The officer has also undergone basic parajumping course. For her exemplary service and devotion to the service, she has been commended by the Air officer commanding in chief, Headquarters Central Air Command.