GOALPARA, Sept 7 - The famous �Navika Sagar Parikrama� expedition team comprising three members out of the six-member all women team from the Indian Navy visited Sainik School Goalpara (SSG) on Thursday in accordance with the Government�s national policy for women empowerment to showcase India�s �Nari Shakti� on world platform and help revolutionise the attitude and mindset of people towards women by lauding their participation in the unprecedented event under extremely challenging environment.
During their visit, the team delivered motivational talks which included sharing their tales of personal experiences of their gruelling journeys through the rough seas on a small boat. They also made a lucid presentation of video clips on various aspects of the mission and their epic voyage.
This was then followed by an interactive session where the students of Sainik School Goalpara besides another 200 students, mostly girls from several schools from the district participated in a lively discussion which not only encouraged and inspired these students but also was helpful and a rewarding experience for them.
It may be mentioned here that �Navika Sagar Parikrama� is the name of the expedition for circumnavigation of the globe on INSV Tarini by the women naval officers of the Indian Navy. The team comprised six women members who managed the entire operation and completed the challenging global voyage in 195 days completing a total of 21,980 nautical miles. The team also created history by becoming the first women team to circumnavigate the globe in Asia while the expedition was flagged off by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Goa on September 10, 2017. The team members included skipper Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi, Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Cdr Aishwarya Boddapati, Lt Cdr P Swathi, Lt Shourgrakpam Vijaya Devi and Lt Payal Gupta. Another significance of the epic voyage was to showcase the government�s �Make in India� initiative by sailing on board a ship built indigenously.