GULMARG: Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering (IISM) Gulmarg completed its first ski course today.
An impressive graduation ceremony was held inside the Institute premises where Mr. Yashvir Singh, Director (Finance) Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India gave away the prizes and badges of success to the trainees. Mr. Yashvir Singh himself completed basic course successfully.
More than 100 students completed the course and were given certificates and different honors on their graduation.
J S Dhillon, Principal, IISM welcomed the Chief Guest and complemented the students who completed the course. He said that Institute has diversified into different adventure activities and trains hundreds of youth in different courses. The adventure skills developed in the youth not only develop their personality but are also handy to give them self-employment in a tourist dominated state like J&K.
Institute has a centrally heated building where students get world standard administration and training. Institute also sponsors local children free of cost through different sponsors.
This year around, 42 local children are being sponsored by Army and News paper group Dainik Bhaskar.
These children after getting advance training at IISM participate in the National and International competitions bringing laurels to the State.
Yashvir Singh said that it was a wonderful experience for him to have learned skiing at this world class Institute. He said Ministry is sensitive to all the challenges & problems being faced by the Institute and will take necessary steps to help IISM overcome all the problems it faces.
He said that he was impressed by the high standards of administration and best quality of training being imparted by the Institute to thousands of citizens of the country at a highly subsidized fee. Institute is planning a major boost next year by reviving its old chairlift and putting more ski lifts in Gulmarg.
Dhillon said that he gets a regular support from Govt. of India and Govt. of J&K to run this Institute.
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