Iram is J&K’s first Muslim woman pilot

Srinagar: The women of India’s Northernmost state are touching new skies every day and the recent example is 30-year-old Iram Habib who has become the first Kashmiri Muslim woman to become a pilot. With offers from IndiGo and GoAir, she has also become the youngest commercial pilot from Srinagar, Kashmir.

In Class XII, when Iram Habib expressed her interest to join the aviation industry to her parents, she was met with discouragement. She eventually went on to pursue a Bachelor’s in Forestry from Dehradun and did her post graduation in Forestry from the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir. It took her six years to convince her parents to allow her to pursue her dream and to find a new lease of life at a flying school in Miami, US.

Daughter of a businessman, the now 30-year-old Iram finished her training in the US in 2016 and became a commercial pilot there.

In a conversation with the national daily, she said, “I had to study hard and pass exams. In the US, I had 260 hours of flying experience, which is important for the license. I got a commercial pilot license in the US and Canada but I wanted to work in India.”

Against all odds…

Coming from a conservative Muslim society, Iram had her own share of struggles to achieve this success. Despite her accomplishments, her choice of career is still frowned upon by relatives. Iram says, ‘They still can’t believe I chose this profession and got a job too.’

Words of appreciation…

It is a proud moment for the Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST-K that one of our MSc Forestry pass outs, namely Iram Habib, daughter of Habibulah Zargar, has been selected as a first officer in the aviation sector.

-Iram’s alma mater, Sher-e-Kashmir University