The first batch of pioneering courses – Diploma in Mountaineering and Allied Sports – initiated by the Pune-based Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering (GGIM), Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) completes the high altitude training. in the Himalayas at Uttarkashi.
The course badge ceremony was held at NIM in the presence of Prof. Harshwanti Bisht, Chairman, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Col. Amit Bisht, Director, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Ushaprabha Page, Founder, Giripremi and Umesh Zirpe, Founder- Director, Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering.
Students who have successfully completed the high altitude training are honored with a badge (a small ice axe) from the hands of Professor Bisht.
“The degree course in mountaineering and related sports offered by SPPU and GGIM is a milestone in the history of Indian mountaineering. I commend SPPU and GGIM for launching such an innovative and important course which is helping to train a new generation of skilled mountaineers. NIM’s association with this course is also commendable,” Prof. Bisht said.
“The Diploma in Mountaineering and Allied Sports is the cornerstone of mountaineering education courses in India. It will grow and improve as time goes on. I am sure there will soon be graduate, postgraduate or even PhD options available in mountaineering,” added Col Bisht.
“This was possible thanks to the tireless efforts of the instructors at NIM and GGIM. On behalf of SPPU and GGIM, I thank all instructors for their efforts and express my gratitude to NIM and IMF for their continued support of our initiatives,” said Zirpe, an expedition leader.
The one-year Diploma in Mountaineering and Allied Sports started in October last year.
After completing training at Sahyadris for the first semester, the students joined NIM’s 24-day mountaineering training course earlier this month.
A group of 40 students learned the techniques of Rock Craft, Ice Craft, Snow Craft, River Crossing, Anchoring belaying and rescue techniques under the guidance of highly experienced NIM instructors – Dashrath Singh Rawat, Vinod Gussain, Naib Subedar Girish Negi , Bihari Singh Rana with the capable and accomplished instructors of GGIM, Bhushan Harshe, Krishna Dhokale, Vivek Shivade and Padmja Dhanavi.
Dr. Pramod Patil, one of the first batch students and medical professional at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, received the ‘Best Trainee’ award.
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