Kashmir Indepth

70 students join IISM Ski course at Gulmarg


Srinagar Dec 27: After a long spell of pandemic, Gulmarg has come back to limelight with hundreds of tourists visiting this premier winter destination. IISM Gulmarg has taken a bold decision to restart its ski courses. The first course was inaugurated by Prop (Dr.) Alok Sharma new Principal Incharge of the Institute in which 70 students from all over the country have joined. Col JS Dhillon who has nurtured this Institute for the last 11 years has been re-engaged by Govt. of India after his retirement to supervise IISM training programs as Consultant. Dr. Alok Sharma appreciated the natural beauty of Gulmarg and told trainees the immense importance of preserving the fragile mountain environment of Gulmarg. He said that Col JS Dhillon, who is known as a mountain man of India will supervise IISM activities in his absence.

Col JS Dhillon said that he is privileged to be associated with Gulmarg for a long time and will continue to promote Kashmir as one of the best adventure destination of the world. He said the youth of the nation was frustrated due to pandemic lockdowns and wanted to indulge in a fruitful outdoor activity. Therefore, Institute planned 06 ski courses till March, 2021. The Institute is so popular that all 06 courses were oversubscribed within a week. There was a time when Govt. wanted to disband this Institute when Col Dhillon was called from HMI Darjeeling to revive this defunct Institute. With his vision and hard work put in by him and his staff, IISM has become one of the best ski schools of Asia.

Due precautions are being taken by Institute to avoid Covid-19 during the courses. Deepanjali, a student from Delhi said that she is very lucky to get admission in IISM. She said this is a world class ski Institute run by very competent professional persons like Col Dhillon & his team of Instructors. Ekta another student from Rajasthan said that she never thought that Institute has such high standards where in addition to excellent training a centrally heated accommodation and nutrition’s meals are provided to students. Institute has produced world class skiers who have represented India in International competitions.

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