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Week-long workshop on Mountaineering Commences at University of Jammu

JAMMU: "Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav" a five days workshop on Mountaineering commenced at the University of Jammu here today.

The workshop is being organized by the Directorate of Sports and Physical Education, University of Jammu in collaboration with Pir Panjal Adventures, Jammu under the aegis of the University Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Centre.

An impressive inaugural function was held today at Brigadier Rajinder Singh Auditorium with was attended by the students, staff members of the different wings of JU and Bhaderwah Campus.

Prof. Naresh Padha, Dean Academic Affairs University of Jammu and Convener RUSA was the chief guest on the occasion while Prof. Alka Sharma Convener UESDC University of Jammu was the guest of honour.

In his address, Prof. Naresh Padha while appreciating the efforts of the Department of Sports and Physical Education, said that Since Dr. Daud Iqbal Baba has taken over as the charge of the department, there have been scores of activities to explore the hidden talent of the youths living in far off areas. "Being NAAC A+ accredited University, University of Jammu is among the ten best Universities of India," he said adding further that the way department of sports is exploring the new ideas to uplift the standard of the department is a positive sing and soon we can produce sportspersons who can represent Jammu and Kashmir (UT) at national as well as on international level.

Prof. Alka Sharma Convener UESDC University of Jammu in her address said that it is the first-ever workshop UESDC and the Department of sports is organizing in collaboration with Pir Panjal Adventures, Jammu. "Such programs will be organized in future also to involve more youths in mountaineering and hiking expeditions," She said adding further that for the first time employees from the satellite campuses are participating in such workshop and we are hopeful that after attending this workshop they will definitely share their experience with other employees and students of their campuses.

In his welcome address, Dr. Daud Iqbal Baba, Director Directorate of Sports and Physical Education, University of Jammu presented a detailed report of the trekking and hiking expedition campus organized by the sports and physical education at Ladakh, Bhaderwah, and Mansar in Kathua district.

"The idea of organizing this workshop is to introduce the concept of initiating adventure sports in and around Jammu province under the jurisdiction of the University of Jammu," he said adding further that since Jammu division is blessed with an incredible topography, marked by fast flowing rivers, high altitude passes, fabulous mountains slopes,, lovely forests and mountains that make it possible to explore various kinds of adventure activities like trekking, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, horse riding, skiing adventure, jeep safari, mountain climbing, paragliding, angling, and fishing.

Pranav Bandral, Director Pir Panjal Adventures group informed that during this weeklong workshop, training lectures on different topics like hiking, climbing, CPR, Rappelling, river crossing, food hunting skills, tent pitching, and other mountaineering skills shall be taken apart from these two days field training on above mentions topic shall be imparted.

Those present were Dr. Anil Gupta, Dr. Farah Chowdhary, Bhaderwah Campus team headed by Arif Haleem Khateeb, Ravish Vaid, Raj Kumar Bakshi, Vikas Karlopia, Gagan Kumar, Padam Dev Singh, Jai Bharat, Sanjeev Sharma, Harinder Pal Singh, Sanjay Verma, Manik Slathia, and Sourav Jamwal.

The formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Komal Nagar Assistant Director, Directorate of Sports and Physical Education, University of Jammu.


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