First woman officer of IAF passes away .

Gynaecology

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Also a renowned gynaecologist, Dr Vijaylakshmi Ramanan had served in the Army Medical Corps in 1955

The first woman officer of the Indian Air Force, Wing Commander (retd) Dr Vijaylakshmi Ramanan passed away on 18th October at the age of 96. She breathed her last at her daughter’s house in the city.

Born in 1924, Ramanan joined Madras Medical College for her MBBS in 1943 and was awarded the best outgoing student in 1948, and was the recipient of the Balfour Memorial Medal for Medicine and prize for Surgery by Madras University.

Ramanan, a renowned gynaecologist, was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps in 1955 and seconded to the Indian Air Force as its first woman officer.


Apart from being the first woman officer in the Air Force, my mother-in-law had a long and illustrious career. Besides being a gynaecologist, she also had administrative duties as part of the medical board

– SLV Narayan, son-in-law


Her son-in-law SLV Narayan said that Ramanan passed away peacefully.

“Apart from being the first woman officer in the Air Force, my mother-in-law had a long and illustrious career. Besides being a gynaecologist, she also had administrative duties as part of the medical board. She also took classes for nursing officers in Obstetrics and Gynaecology,” he said.

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Narayan said that Ramanan’s interests in the IAF extended beyond the medical field as she also designed the women’s uniform.

During the wars in 1962, 1966 and 1971, she had extra duties in the wards treating wounded soldiers.

Dr Vijaylakshmi Ramanan passed away at her daughter’s house in Bengaluru at the age of 96

Dr Vijaylakshmi Ramanan passed away at her daughter’s house in Bengaluru at the age of 96


She got Permanent Commission in 1971 and retired as a Wing Commander in 1979. In 1977, she was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal for meritorious service.


Apart from being a doctor, she was also a musician and an AIR artiste from the age of 15. She represented her college in various music competitions and her programmes were broadcast regularly from Delhi, Lucknow, Secunderabad and Bengaluru, said Narayan.

Ramanan came from a family who had served or were serving in the armed forces. Her father was a world war veteran and her husband was also an officer in the armed forces.