Surekha Yadav Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Husband: Shankar Yadav
Hometown: Satara
Age: 57 Years

Surekha Yadav

Maiden NameSurekha R. Bhosale
Full nameSurekha Bhosale Yadav [1]Business Standard
ProfessionLocomotive Driver
Famous forBeing Asia’s first female loco pilot
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 160 cm
in meters- 1.60 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 3”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Awards, Honours, Achievements 1998: Jijau Puruskar
2001: Women Achievers Award by the Lions Clubs India
2001: Conferred by the National Commission for Women in New Delhi
2002: The Lokmat Sakhi Awards
2004: Sahyadri Hirkani Award
2005: Prerna Purushkar
2011: General Manager Award for first lady loco pilot in Indian Railways
2011: Women Achievers award by Central Railways
2013: RWCC Best Women Award
2018: First Ladies Award for being the first lady loco pilot in Indian Railways
Surekha was felicitated with the First Ladies Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
Personal Life
Date of Birth2 September 1965
Age (as of 2022) 57 Years
BirthplaceSatara, Maharashtra
Zodiac signVirgo
HometownSatara, Maharashtra
SchoolSt. Paul’s Convent School, Satara, Maharashtra
College/UniversityGovernment Polytechnic, Karad, Satara, Maharashtra
Educational QualificationDiploma in Mechanical Engineering
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear, 1990
Husband/SpouseShankar Yadav (Police Inspector)
ChildrenSon- 2
• Ajinkya Yadav (engineer)
• Ajitesh (engineer)
ParentsFather- Ramchandra Bhosale (deceased) (farmer)
Mother- Sonabai
SiblingsSurekha has four siblings, and she is the eldest among them.

Surekha Yadav

Some Lesser Known Facts About Surekha Yadav

  • Surekha Yadav is an Indian Loco Pilot, who is Asia’s first women train driver. In 2023, Surekha became the country’s first woman locomotive driver to run the semi-high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, operated by the Indian railways.
  • Surekha, after her schooling, took vocational education and training.
  • According to Surekha, since her childhood, she was inspired by Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, and Indra Gandhi.
  • After completing her Diploma in Medical Engineering, Surekha wanted to pursue further studies in mathematics and a B.Ed degree to become a teacher; however, in 1986, she came across a job vacancy for an assistant locomotive driver by the Indian railways. She applied for the post and was shortlisted. Later, she gave a written test and interview at the Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai, and was hired for the post. In an interview, Surekha talked about this and said,

    It’s the most ordinary story you’ll ever hear. I had only completed my diploma in electrical engineering. Just like most other students, I was looking for a full-time employment opportunity. Word got around that the Indian Railways had a vacant position for an assistant driver and the requirement stated ‘diploma in any faculty’ were welcome to apply.”

  • According to Surekha, she was the only female applicant for the job of an assistant locomotive driver by the Indian Railways in 1986.
  • After Surekha got shortlisted, she started training at the Kalyan Training School in Mumbai and joined the Indian Railways as a trainee assistant train driver.
  • The first train operated by Surekha was numbered L-50, which ran between Wadi Bunder and Kalyan, Maharashtra.
  • From 1989-1996, she worked as an assistant locomotive driver for freight trains in Maharashtra. As an assistant train driver, she was assigned to check the running condition of a train’s engine and the signals.
  • In 1990, Surekha got married to a police inspector named Shankar Yadav. Surekha, during an interview, talked about her husband and mentioned that he was one of the reasons she was successful in her career. She said,

    Yes, my husband supported me throughout my career. He is one of the main reasons why I could reach this level today. It does become easier if your family supports your career choices. First, you need to figure out what you want to do in life and stick to it with hard work and dedication. Seeing your passion and determination, your family is bound to support you eventually.”

  • In 1996, she became a full-fledged locomotive driver and operated various freight trains and passenger trains in Mumbai.
  • In 2000, she was promoted to the post of motor woman and became the first loco pilot of the ‘Ladies Special’ local train for Central Railways.
  • In 2010, she became a locomotive driver on the Western Ghat Railway Line.
  • On International Women’s Day in 2011, she operated the Deccan Queen from Pune to CST. According to sources, the train route from Pune to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is known to be one of the most difficult train routes in India. [2]The Better India

    Sulekha Yadav was felicitated on International Woman's day in 2011 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

    Sulekha Yadav was felicitated on International Woman’s day in 2011 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

  • On 8 March 2021, on International Women’s Day, she was assigned to operate a special train from Mumbai to Lucknow with an all-woman crew.

    Surekha Yadav piloting 02534 Mumbai-Lucknow Special on the occasion of International Woman's Day in 2021

    Surekha Yadav piloting 02534 Mumbai-Lucknow Special on the occasion of International Woman’s Day in 2021

  • In March 2023, on the occasion of International Women’s day, she became the first woman to operate the Solapur-CSMT Vande Bharat Express train. The Indian Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, took the news to Twitter and said,

    Vande Bharat — powered by Nari Shakti. Smt. Surekha Yadav, the first woman loco pilot of Vande Bharat Express.”

  • During an interview, when Surekha was asked to share one of the moments she felt proud to be a woman, she said,

    The first time, when I drove a train as a driver, that would be the moment when I felt proud to be a woman.”

  • In an interview, Surekha talked about her career as a train driver and explained one of her memorable train journeys as a locomotive engineer. She said,

    In 2018, I drove a passenger train from Mumbai to Pune. That would be my most memorable journey, as I drove the train through many difficult turns and the entire route was scenic. It was an all-female staff on that train too.”