A woman naval officer passed out from Ezhimala was always a surprise to her colleagues and superiors not for naval skills, but a lot more surprises linked to her name. Gifted child- Educational department of Kerala once upon a time put this honour in the name of Darshita Babu, now a serving Sub Leiutenant.
When she was a UKG student, appeared for the USS exam meant for 7th standard students and secured full mark and honoured with the name, gifted child by the Education department.
She had won the chief minister’s gold medal for the best NCC cadet and also participated in national camps. She is a ‘black belt’ in Karate and has won many prizes for dance and music.
She joined NCC when in 7th standard. “The training I gained from NCC, really helped me and induced my wish to join the Navy. My teenage ambition was to become a pilot, but fell short of the required height qualification”, she says.
She has attained President of India Gold Medal for the best cadet in the Republic Day Parade, when she was studying. She is an engineering graduate of the 2011 batch from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam.
A black belt in karate, a classical singer, a classical dancer specialising in Bharata Natyam, Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi, a member of the Kerala University women’s football team… the list of Sub Lieutenant Darshita’s achievements just reads on.
Later in her naval school days she bagged the Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal for best performance in overall order of merit and also the Flag Officer Commanding in chief South Gold medal for the best woman trainee.
The Navy plans to send her for higher studies in naval architecture. In the history of Ezhimala, she is the first Malayali woman bagged the overall medal. Her parents were watching when Navy chief R.K. Dhavan presented her the medal for her glorious service.
Her father Dinesh Babu is a clerk at the Ulikkal government high school in Kannur district of Kerala. He and her mother, retired teacher Lissy had always been her guiding spirits. It was they who inspired her to join the NCC.
She is the eldest daughter of her parents and she has a younger sister Dayitha, a student in St. Stephen’s College, Delhi pursuing B.A. Economics. “Family has been my strength always. I dreamt about becoming the best outgoing cadet and strived for it from the very first day. Today my dream has come true.” she says.
Darshita is scheduled to join Naval Academy Vishakhapatnam as Naval architecture Sub Lieutenant officer, on December 5th.
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