Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

An NCC cadet, who belongs to Bonda tribe of Odisha, has brought laurels for the state by successfully paragliding from an aircraft flying over 1200 ft high during a training programme in Agra.

The brave cadet has been identified as Lokinath Kirsani from Malkangiri district. Lokinath, who is a plus 3 final year student of Malkangiri College, is among the 40 cadets to be selected by the Indian Air Force from 14 lakh students across the country for a special training programme at Agra Airborne Training institute in Uttar Pradesh. 

He was the only cadet from Odisha to be selected among the 40 cadets for the special training.

As per the special programme, the cadets were imparted training in special paragliding skill that is required to jump from the aircrafts using parachutes during war times.

“It was a great experience for me to learn many special skills during the camp. The valuable lessons that I learnt from the training camp will keep me a good stead to fulfill my ambition of serving Indian defence forces in future,” said Lokinath.

People of Lokinath’s district and students and staff of Malkangiri College are feeling proud of Lokinath’s bravery and success.

Principal of Malkangiri College Ashok Sarangi congratulated Lokinath for his successful adventure.

“From a humble background to completing such an adventurous training programme, Lokinath has certainly come a long way. He has inspired one and all with his successful endeavour, youthful exuberance and adventurous activities. All the students from the college should learn from his example. We wish him a bright future and all success in life,” said Sarangi.