First lady cadet from Bhutan feels at home in Chen­nai OTA

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - (Source : The Hindu)

A eet 27-year old Tashi Yang­zom from Bhutan, who is train­ing at the Of­fi­cers Train­ing Acad­emy — the first lady cadet from a friendly for­eign country to be trained at the pres­ti­gious in­sti­tu­tion of the In­dian Army.

Ms. Yang­zom is in her fi­nal days of train­ing along with 32 lady cadets from In­dia, as they ea­gerly await the com­ple­tion of their course at the OTA, cul­mi­nat­ing in the cer­e­mo­nial Pass­ing Out Pa­rade to be re­viewed by Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee on Septem­ber 10. Sup­port of In­dian cadets A na­tive of south-eastern Bhutan, Ms. Yang­zom says she is com­pletely at home in Chen­nai. “I’m the first lady cadet from Royal Bhutan Army to un­dergo this train­ing at OTA. Ini­tially, it was dif­fi­cult for me to catch up with the sched­ule and train­ing. How­ever, I was able to cope up later,” she says.

Re­call­ing her last few months, she fondly re­mem­bers the sup­port the In­dian cadets gave her. “When I came here, I didn’t know how to ride a bi­cy­cle and so when ev­ery­one went on a bi­cy­cle, I went run­ning along them. But now, with my friends’ help, I have learnt to ride a bi­cy­cle,” she says. So what was her chal­lenge? “I was com­fort­able with ev­ery­thing ex­cept the weather in Chen­nai, which was very hot. I’m not used to such ex­treme heat.”

Hav­ing been born in her vil­lage Orong in Sam­drup Jongkhar district in Bhutan and hav­ing cho­sen law as a ca­reer ini­tially, Ms. Yang­zom be­lieves in mak­ing com­plete use of op­por­tu­ni­ties that came her way. “I wanted to make use of this op­por­tu­nity and take back all that I could from In­dia,” says the cadet, who is set to join Judge and Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral and serve for Royal Bhutan Army in the Armed Forces Court of Jus­tice.

Ma­jor Gen­eral V.D. Chowgule, Deputy Com­man­dant and Chief In­struc­tor of OTA, says the train­ing for women at the Acad­emy was on par with that of gen­tle­men cadets. OTA is the only train­ing es­tab­lish­ment of the In­dian Army that trains women cadets. About 270 cadets, in­clud­ing 32 lady cadets, be­sides 19 cadets from friendly for­eign coun­tries, are sched­uled to com­plete their train­ing at the Acad­emy this year.

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