Meet Major Smitha Laxman
Major Smitha Laxman is from Mysuru, and was born and raised in Bengaluru. She completed her Bachelors of engineering in computer science from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru in 2009, and was motivated to join the Indian Army after attending a campus rally of the University Entry Scheme.
Physically fit and keen for adventure, Smitha is the first woman from Karnataka to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
Tell us how you decided to join the Army.
I have been adventurous since my school days; I used to participate in school athletics events every year. During my high school days, my focus shifted to studies. Hailing from middle class and also being good in studies, there was pressure from my parents to focus on studies. During my sixth semester of engineering, I attended the ‘Do You Have It In You?’ campus rally for the University Entry Scheme. The spirit of adventure deep within me was ignited, and I decided to join the army. Since the entry scheme was not for women, I later applied for a short service commission.
What have been the top lessons you have imbibed as part of the armed forces?
Discipline, punctuality, decisiveness and not wasting others’ time.
What is day-to-day life like in the Army for you?
A typical day starts with physical training. We then move to the office to carry out administrative duties. Since I am in the Corps of Signals, I also look at communications-related duties. Some time is also given for individual hobbies and skill development.
What makes the Army the perfect fit for you?
The Army makes the perfect fit for me as it offers a challenging work profile. The Army has also helped me to develop an individual personality in a way that no other profession can offer.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom cannot be quantified. The freedom of an individual should lead to the collective progress of the family or nation.
Why do you believe more women should join the Army?
More women should join the forces as it is one of the greatest ways of serving the nation.
A message that you want to leave for the women across the country?
Follow your heart, follow your passion, and follow your dreams.