2002 BATCH UP cadre IPS officer Ms Aparna Kumar has become India’s first woman police officer to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. The DIG-ranked officer who had earlier conquered the highest peak in the Antarctica too, on Saturday morning scaled the Everest and hoisted the Indian Tricolour. “A proud moment for our police forces as Ms Aparna Kumar becomes the first female IPS officer to scale Mount Everest”, commented Union home minister Rajnath Singh in social media site Twitter. In January this year, Aparna Kumar became the country's first civil servant to...scale Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in the Antarctica. She also plans to scale Mount McKinley in Alaska in July-August this year.
The government of Uttar Pradesh already recognized her talents and passion. In March 2015, she was awarded the 'Rani Lakshmi Bai Puraskar' for being a role model to women. She also received special DGP Commendation Disc for her achievements on the eve of the Republic Day this year.
Aparna Kumar in 2013 took a month-long basic mountaineering course in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali, and then advanced another course the following year.
41-year-old IPS officer did BA and LLB before getting selected as an IPS though UPSC examinations. She received her law degree from National Law School of India University.
Her major postings in Uttar Pradesh included Additional SP in Allahabad, SP in districts such as Chitrakoot, Kabir Nagar and Hamirpur.
Sikkim cadre IAS officer Ravindra Kumar successfully scaled Mt Everest in 2013, thereby becoming the first civil servant to scale the highest peak in the world. Last year, an All India Services Everest expedition team comprising two IAS, two IPS and one Indian Forest Service officer reached the base camp, but the devastating Nepal earthquake measuring 7.9 in Richter scale stalled their ambition. They were forced to retreat.