Best naval cadet Priya Paudyal makes it to Top 30 Under 30: ‘Must celebrate diversity’
In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. They are from fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. Among them is Priya Paudyal.Updated: May 25, 2017 18:08 IST
Born to sail: Priya Paudyal, 21, Chandigarh
This youngster won widespread admiration when she was adjudged the best naval NCC cadet in the Republic Day Camp 2017. She was also the gold medallist at the Nau Sainik camp held at Karwar in Karnataka.
Secret sauce: Determination, hard work, courage and self-confidence. “I don’t give up easily and I work very, very hard,” says Priya.
Inspiration: Priya says she is inspired by everyone around her – her college-mates, friends, parents, and staff of her unit.
Challenges facing India: The three main challenges that India faces, says Priya, are unemployment, poverty and hunger.
The uplifting feature: When it comes to unity in diversity, no one can beat India. “We have such a diverse culture, heritage, and language. We must celebrate our diversity.”
The road ahead: “I have always been passionate about defence forces right from my childhood. My aim in life is to be an officer in the Indian Navy.”
An agent of change: “I will try to inspire and encourage others to educate themselves. I will be a role model for the youth in my country and I would like to tell them that nothing is impossible in life.”
By the way: A state-level Taekwondo bronze medalist, Priya enjoys reading books or learning martial arts in her leisure time.
To know about the other achievers Click here
First Published: May 23, 2017 18:52 IST