Women Commandos Train Alongside Male Counterparts at ITBP, Bhanu


Women have shown grit and determination and risen above expectations in whatever field they have ventured in –even if it is as hazardous as a space mission, traing as Army cadets, running big business houses, etc.  A similar feat was achieved by women commandos at the Basic Training Centre, (BTC) Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) at Bhanu (Panchkula) where women commandos were trained in heli slithering where the commando is dropping in an area of operation, especially in tough terrains, with the help of a rope tied to a chopper. The training included other activities like firing, obstacle course, swimming, etc.

women commandos at the Basic Training Centre, (BTC)

The 6th Women Commando Course and 100th Men Commando Course camps gave highly specialised commando training to ITBP jawans as well as to jawans from the Bureau of Police Research and Development.

19 young and upcoming himveeranganas and 91 himveers from different units of the force, including 10 from the Bureau of Police Research and Development, attended the camp.  The duration of the female commando course was six weeks while that of the male commandos is 10 weeks.

ITBP chief Ishwar Singh Duhan said that the officer trainees, who successfully complete this strategic course, get an opportunity to bag plum postings in high commission, VIP duties, NSG and, of course, in Indian consulates overseas.

women commandos at the Basic Training Centre, (BTC)

The following were adjudged the best under various categories during the training course. In the women category, constable Babita Mehto, (43rd Corps), was declared the Best Physical, constable Pripanjali, (53rd Corps) the Best in Out-door and Constable Pinky Rani (36th Corps) the Best Female Commando.

In the men category, constable Santosh Dhariwal, (36th Corps), was tipped the Best physical, constable Sunil Kumar, (51 Corps), the Best Physical and out-door and constable Santosh Kumar BTC was adjudged the Best Male Commando at the course.

(The writer , Ramesh K Dhiman, is a former staffer of The Tribune and freelance writer. He has written extensively for leading newspapers and magazines on art, culture, mythology, besides travelogues.)


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Kishore Kumar Sharma
Kishore Kumar Sharma
1 year ago

Big salute to all these brave woman and women power…
In ancient India they commanded more respect then in today’s world… Every male or female child had a suffix of his mother’s name then of the father…