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Dr. Ruveda Salam- First woman IPS officer from Kashmir

The State of Jammu and Kashmir is a land of immense talent. Every now and then, there is some or the other person who is setting an example not just for our Valley but also for the entire country. One such person is an IPS officer Dr Ruveda Salam. She is the first woman IPS officer from Kashmir. She cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams not just once but twice!

She is from Kupwara district of the Kashmir Valley. She comes from a place where most women of her age get married and start a family but this woman stood strong and pursued her dreams. When she was growing up, her father wanted her to become an IPS. So, it was him who motivated her and that’s what made her more determined about her goals.

Before this, she got into medical college. She completed her MBBS from Government Medical College in Srinagar. Instead of doing a post graduation in medicine, she chose to prepare for the UPSC. She cleared UPSC in the very first attempt in 2013 and got selected for Indian Police Service cadre.

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Now she has been working in Chennai as an ACP. “Being a young ACP is a challenging role. It carries a lot of responsibility. I am in a state where people respect the police. When girls see me in uniform they look at me with admiration!” she says.

Ruveda used to give motivational speeches to the youth, particularly girls. She encourages the young girls in Jammu and Kashmir not to get confined around the walls. She had conducted a workshop for girls in Hyderabad as well. The girls who attended the workshop were totally inspired from her.

Other than that, in her free time, she even writes poems. She likes Robert Frost and William Wordsworth. She jogs to be fit. She also likes to explore new places and speak to locals to know more about their culture.

Development will lead to peace in Jammu and Kashmir. “Peace and development go together. We should look to the future. Living outside has helped me understand the situation better,” said Ruveda.

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In 2018, the President of India facilitated 112 women achievers who have achieved a first in any field on 20th Jan 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Known as ‘First Ladies’, these women have been identified by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Government of India. Dr. Ruveda Salam was one of the women who were on the list. She made the entire valley proud on her. She works for our valley in every possible way she can and make ensure that development and peace prevail in the state of J&K.