Exclusive Interview of Aparna Kumar, first lady officer, DIG in ITBP ski successfully to South Pole, unfurls Indian flag and makes Indians proud. Today she met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
New Delhi, 22 January 2019
Aparna Kumar IPS DIG lndo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who had recently reached to the South Pole met Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister in New Delhi today. SS Deswal, DG ITBP was also present during the meeting. Home Minister Singh felicitated the officer and said that it is indeed a big achievement for the ITBP as well as for the country that the first woman JPS officer and a DIG of lndo Tibetan Border Police reached to the South Pole. Aparna Kumar also met with the Home Secretary. They praised the efforts and assured to extend all possible help to motivate her and fulfill her dream.
Aparna Kumar along with other members- Rod,Guy, Katsuya. Pavell and their guide Hannah successfully reached to the South Pole on 13 January, 2019 at 1:20 PM. The team also reached to the Geographic South Pole at 3:25 p.m. on the same day.
In spite of bad weather at times and other difficulties, Aparna Kumar made history by reaching to the South Pole and Geographic South Pole becoming the first IPS and ITBP officer and made the nation proud.
ITBP has been the pioneer in the field of adventure sports. Its men are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers and are credited with 211 successful mountaineering expeditions globally The Force has been in the forefront of disaster relief and rescue works in the Himalayas due to Its expertise in the adventure sports.
The Force has been awarded with 7 Padma Shree and 12 Tenzing Norgay Adventure Awards for the contribution towards the Mountaineering. The Force has scaled the Mt Everest four times including successful skidown endeavor from the peak in the year 2012.
ITBP has glorious tradition of service to the nation. Training and adventure goes hand in hand for the Force. ITBP troops by the virtue of its high altitude deployment on the mighty Himalaya, undergo training in Mountaineering and Skiing, thus mountaineering has become the way of life of ITBP troops ITBP conducts pre-Antarctica induction training for the Indian Expedition 1n Snow/Ice Craft and Survival Techniques In High Altitude.
Achievements of Aparna Kumar IPS (UP 2002) DIG Training Northern Frontier ITBP Dehradun
Basic mountaineering course from Atal Biharl Vajpayee Institute of mountaineering (ABVIMAS) Manali 2013 Advance mountaineering Course ABVIMAS July 2014
Mt Kilimanjaro Tanzania highest peak In Africa summit August 2014
Carsternz Pyrnm1d,Indonesia, highest peak in Australia and Oceania region, November 2014
Mount Aconcagua, Argentina,highest peak in South America –January 2015
Mount Elbrus, Russia, highest peak In Europe- August 2015
Mount Vinson Massif- Highest peak In Antarctica
Mount Everest, Highest in Asia and globe North side- May 2016
Mount Manaslu, 8th highest peak in the world In Nepal, Sept ember, 2017
South Pole- January, 2019
She now aims for the ‘The Exploreres Grand Slam’07 Summit plu1 North and South Pole. Planning to go on North Pole 1n April, 2019 and the last left peak of north America Mt Dinali In July 2019
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.