"It is a front-line combat role. The course curriculum is absolutely the same for male and female pilots," said Chawla.
Earlier in the day, expressing happiness, Shivangi had said, "It's a proud feeling for me, my parents and it's a different feeling. I have been craving for this since a very long time and finally, it is here, I cannot express it...it's a great feeling. I am looking forward to completing my third stage of training," she said while speaking to reporters after joining her operational duties at Kochi naval base.
Shivangi was born in Muzaffarpur city in Bihar.
In August, Indian Air Force's Wing Commander S Dhami has become the first female officer in the country to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit.
Dhami took over as Flight Commander of a Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon airbase. Flight Commander is the second in command of the unit meaning that she is the number two in the unit after the commanding officer.