History was made on Monday in the Indian Navy when the first woman vice admiral, Punita Arora, was seconded to the maritime force as the Director General Medical Services with the rank of surgeon vice admiral.
Arora held the rank of lieutenant general with the Indian Army during her earlier posting as commandant of the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) at Pune.
An alumnus of the college she was heading, Arora was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in January 1968. She did her post-graduation in gynaecology from the same institute in 1976.
A renowned gynaecologist, she has held many prestigious appointments including head of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at AFMC, senior advisor and consultant gynaecologist at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) in New Delhi and commandant of the Military Hospital in Jammu and Kashmir.
Arora is also a postgraduate examiner of University of Pune and Rajiv Gandhi Medical University.
For her distinguished services, she was awarded the Sena Medal in 1998, Vishist Seva Medal in 2003 and the Chief of Army Staff's Commendation. She is also Colonel Commandant of the Army Medical Corps.