The experienced instructors from NIM will provide skills to the youth in adventure sports activities in Uttarakhand

Ajay Ramola
GG News Bureau
Dehradun, 22nd July. The trained instructors from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi a premiere mountaineering institute will impart the necessary skills to the youth in adventure activities with an objective to promote adventure sports and provide self-employment to the youth in Uttarakhand.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with Uttarakhand Tourism development board (UTDB) in this regard at a formal function in the UTDB office in Dehradun on Thursday.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Col Ashwin Pundir, Additional Chief Executive Officer (Adventure Tourism), UTDB and Col Amit Bisht, Principal, NIM.
The experienced instructors from Nehru Institute of mountaineering will conduct joint courses with UTDB to train the youth and provide them with the skills for rock climbing, high altitude trekking and in adventure sports. On completion of the course a certificate will be provided by NIM to the participants.
The Joint Committee of both organizations will assist in training, research and monitoring recommend necessary suggestions to promote the adventure activities in the state. 73 villages have been identified as trekking centres in the state and the participants will be able to join the courses on first come first basis and will be selected through the recommendation by the district sports officers and district tourism officers. The youth from 18 to 35 years of age will be able to join the courses. 90 percent subsidy will be giving by the government while the 10 percent of the cost will be given by the participants. The secretary tourism Dilip Javalkar speaking on the occasion said, “Adventure tourism plays an important role in the tourism industry of Uttarakhand. Signing of the above MoU is one of latest step the latest in the direction of promoting adventure tourism in the state and through this initiative adventure tourism will get new identity in Uttarakhand.
Ashwin Pundir, Additional chief Executive Officer (Adventure Tourism) said, “Adventure tourism in Uttarakhand has immense growth potential and it will help in connecting youth across the state and provide necessary tools to pursue their carrier in the field of adventure sports.
Under the MoU, experienced trainers of NIM mountaineering will provide theoretical knowledge of the field including trekking, hiking and medical aspects along with the practical training.
Ranbir Singh Negi, the expert on water sports said it will provide opportunities and employment and help in creating interest towards adventure sports.
Col Amit Bisht, Principal, NIM said that the trained youth with certificate will be able to run their own business in adventure sports. UTDB has started trekking and track center in six districts where 13 destination are being developed in the state and is providing grants for home stay. We will amalgam the home stay and trekking activities and the trained trekkers will also help the government during any natural calamities. The course will be of 21 days and the youth will be empowered with the training in the field.

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