ADITI PANT: The First Indian Women to Reach Antartica Region

irst Indian Women to Reach Antartica RegionIn the ancient times, women were considered inferior to men. Women were expected to stay within the four walls of the house and to take care of the family. With the changing time, the position of women also changed in the society. But this change was the result of a lot of struggle and efforts of some great women like Smt. Indira Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla, Anne Besant, etc.

One among such women who made a position for themselves in the world of history is Dr. Aditi Pant. She was the first Indian woman to visit the farthest corner of the world, the Antarctica region. She was an oceanographer who made the nation proud by being the first woman to set the foot on the icy terrains of the Antarctica.

Born in the state of Nagpur, not much is known about her early life but the information about her educational career is enough to show how brilliant and wonderful lady Dr. Aditi Pant was. She finished her B.Sc. from the University of Pune. While her undergraduate studies, Aditi Pant came across the book named ‘The Open Sea’ by Alister Hardy. This book had a very big effect in her life and that was when she decided to take up oceanography as her career.

The firm determination of Aditi Pant of being an oceanographer was boosted up with the US government scholarship to study Masters in marine sciences in the University of Hawaii. She pursued her PhD in Physiology in Marine Algae from the Westfield College in University of London.

Women were not allowed to get a very good education that time. But Dr. Aditi Pant had set up an example to the women section that not only can women reach up to space but also face the severe challenges of the ocean. After finishing her education, Dr. Aditi Pant started working with the National Institute of Oceanography situated in Goa. From 1973 to 1976, Aditi Pant studied a lot about the coasts and toured the Western Coastal areas of India. She also worked with the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.

Dr. Aditi Pant was the first Indian lady to join the Third Expedition of the Antarctica region in the year 1983. She worked as a part of the Indian Antarctic Programme to explore the cold and chilled regions of the Antarctica. Under the severe and rough weather conditions Dr. Aditi Pant analysed the continent for four months and came out with wonderful discoveries.

The marvellous woman Dr. Aditi Pant was honoured by the Antarctica Award for being a part of the expedition. She was a wonderful and a very strong woman who is an inspiration for all other women around the nation to do what they want to and to achieve success everywhere, no matter which part of the Universe it is!

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