Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering (IISM) Monday completed its first snow skiing course at Gulmarg.
A total of 80 students from all over the country including 35 girls took part in the course.
A graduation ceremony was held in the Institute wherein DC Baramulla Bhupinder Kumar, was the chief guest and Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Raina, CEO, GDA, Gulmarg was the guest of honor.
Col J S Dhillon, who revived the Institute as Principal, welcomed the guests and briefed about IISM and its different activities after its revival.
“The Institute has become so famous and attractive to the masses that it’s all courses are booked within a day or two as soon as booking opens. Col Dhillon has nurtured this Institute and has put in lots of efforts to make it a world class Ski Institute,” an IISM official told Rising Kashmir.
While complimenting the students for successful completion of the course, DC Baramulla appreciated the efforts of Col Dhillon and his staff to maintain a very high standard of training and administration in the Institute.
Kumar said the Institute is the best platform to develop bonding amongst the youth of the nation.
He also advised students to be very careful while undertaking any adventure activity.
While emphasizing on importance of the sustainability and safety of learners in such activities, Kumar advised students to always plan eco-friendly adventures.
He said students must become the ambassador of not only IISM but also of Kashmir which is the best adventure destination in the world.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Zahoor Raina said that he feels proud to have this Institute in Gulmarg.
“Despite all hardships Col Dhillon has not only revived this Institute but made it one of the best in the Country,” he said.
An IISM official said students who took part in the course were very happy to get admission in this world class Institute which provides centrally heated hostel to students and nutritious food during the training.
He said many renowned schools like DPS, Scindia, Lawrence, Goenka have trained their students at IISM and many more have made a bee line to get admission in this prestigious Institute.