Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering (IISM) at Gulmarg completed its 6th ski course today in which 80 students from various parts of the country including many from Kashmir participated.
A graduation ceremony was held at IISM in which Comdt. 176 CRPF R S Singh was the chief guest who gave away the certificates and medals to the winners of various events.
Engineers, school, college, university students were among the participants in the course.
Principal IISM JS Dhillon while welcoming the guests briefed them about the various activities being undertaken by the institute.
He said that adventure training is very essential part of the education to develop the personality of youth which cannot be done in the protected environments of schools and colleges.
He said IISM is very popular Institute of the Nation and plays a very vital role to promote adventure tourism in the J&K.
He said IISM is the best institute in South East Asia where students are provided centrally heated accommodation. The institute has world class ski equipments, snow beating machines and an excellent team of instructors to impart training of very high standards. Adventure training motivates students to face all challenges of life in cheerful manner and distracts them from social evils.
R S Singh expressed his deep sense of satisfaction on the excellent conduct of training by IISM.
He said he is very happy to see the hard work put in by Col JS Dhillon and his staff to not only revive this institute but also make it the best in South East Asia.
He said such courses are very important to make youth self-reliant.
He told that in such courses one develops a strong bonding with their peers which lasts for rest of their life. Dhillon said that Kashmir is the most beautiful place on the earth and students after completing this course should become our ambassadors to tell their families and friends to visit Gulmarg and enjoy this paradise. He said there is a misconception and fear created by certain vested interest in the mind of the people to not visit Kashmir which can be dispelled by students of IISM. He said our courses generate employment opportunities for the local youth who after courses engage in adventure tourism as guides and instructors. These courses also help to develop the personality of the participants through their exposure to challenging situations. Students expressed their deep sense of satisfaction on high standards of the institute. They were all praises for the excellent faculties given to them by IISM. All of them want to come again and tell their friends also to avail this facility by Ministry of Tourism.