80 students participate in IISM’s first winter course

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Srinagar, Jan 11: Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering (IISM) at Gulmarg completed its first winter course in which 80 students from various parts of the country participated. Shafqat Iqbal, Chief Executive Officer, Gulmarg Development Authority was the chief guest on this occasion who gave away the certificates and medals to the winners of various events.
Principal IISM, JS Dhillon welcomed the chief guest and briefed him about the various activities being undertaken by the Institute.
He said due to lack of snow in the beginning, it seemed difficult to achieve the objective of snow skiing course. Hence the students were put on trekking trails till nature’s blessing of heavy snowfall occurred.
“24 girls from the Presentation Convent of Srinagar also participated in the course. Many students were from Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai,” said Dhillon.
He added that IISM will be conducting five more skiing courses which have already been booked by students.
“The main aim of these courses is to develop a skill of skiing and generate employment opportunities for the youth who want to engage in adventure tourism. These courses also help to develop the personality of the participants through their exposure to challenging situations,” he added.
The Principal said that IISM is a “symbol of national” integration where students from different parts of the country interact with students of Kashmir and understand their culture, ethos and rich values of hospitality.
Chief Guest, Shafqat Iqbal praised the Institute for maintaining an excellent standard of training and hospitality. He said IISM is a “pioneer institute” of the country which provides “state of the art adventure training with modern facilities”.
He 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. He asked the students to neutralize this fear by spreading the truth which they experienced during this course. He asked the students to work hard to achieve their objectives of life as nobody recognizes you unless you achieve success.

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