Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering Gulmarg on Saturday held a 2nd ski course graduation ceremony at IISM Gulmarg area of the district of Baramulla.
The spokesman said that Chief guest Mr Arun Srivastava, Dy Director General of Ministry of Tourism distributed the medals of merit to winners of the various events during the course. More than 80 students from all over the country participated in the 02-week ski course in which all three levels of skiing were conducted concurrently.
The spokesman said that Mr JS Dhillon, Director, IISM welcomed the chief guest and briefed him about the different activities being undertaken by the Institute.
He said that Institute has state of the art centrally heated building with modern ski equipment and snow machinery to conduct the ski courses of international standards. He said that due to high standards of training and administration there is a huge rush of students who want to join the institute courses. But unfortunately, due to limited capacity, only a few get the opportunity to join IISM courses. Students of IISM come from all parts of the country who train with students from Kashmir thereby making IISM as the best platform for national integration. He advised the students to be the ambassadors of Kashmir and dispel fears from the minds of people to visit Kashmir as it is totally safe for tourist.
The spokesman quoted the Mr Srivastava saying “Ministry has great plans to upgrade the remaining infrastructure of the Institute soon and students may find a new chairlift and ski lifts to further improve the standards of training.”
He praised the Principal Mr JS Dhillon for his excellent efforts to revive the institute despite facing numerous challenges. He said the institute imparts training on international standards on a highly subsidized rate of Rs. 7,000/- for children & Rs. 14,000/- for adults as compared to approx Rs. 5.00 lakhs in the European countries. He also said that institute not only imparts a skill of adventure to its students but it also transform their personality and teaches them the art of becoming good leaders and better human beings.
Courses of the institute are being subscribed by the renowned educations institutes of the Nation and it has become difficult to get admission in it. Institutes also field its own ski teams in the national and international ski competitions. Institute conducts six ski courses during winters. They are also planning to conduct diversified adventure courses during summers too.