Srinagar (VMS): Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering (IISM) at Gulmarg completed its first winter course today in which 80 students from various parts of the country participated. Mahmood Ahmad Shah, KAS, Director Tourism Kashmir 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 we are lucky to get a good snowfall in December which enabled us to complete the first courses successfully.
Many students were from Delhi, Bangalore, Kerala, Uttrakhand, U.P and Mumbai. He said IISM will be conducting 05 more skiing courses which have already been booked by students. IISM is very popular Institute of the Nation and plays a very vital role to promote tourism in the state of J&K. 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. Principal said 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, Mahmood Ahmad Shah, KAS, Director Tourism Kashmir 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.
Many renowned institutes such as Lawrence School, Bangalore International School, DPS & Scandia School are subscribing for skiing courses of the IISM. Courses are highly subsidized to promote the sports of skiing and Institute provides best administration in a centrally heated building under a very competent staff working round the clock in the Institute.(VMS)