NEW DELHI | May 30 | The National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) executive council members including Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu approved joint Indo-Bhutan rafting expedition, Mt Everest expedition and unscaled Mt Nyagi Khangsang in future.
These expeditions were proposed by NIMAS during its second executive council meeting here today. Jaitely, who chaired the meeting, in principle accepted proposal for recruitment of additional staff mostly instructors for mountaineering, aqua and air adventure sports for NIMAS.
However, Khandu on behalf of GoAP, on request assured to allot lands identified by NIMAS for infrastructure development to offer rafting, mountaineering, skiing and scuba courses. The meeting also discussed action taken as decided in first executive council and its future requirements and introduction of new courses. It was decided that high altitude scuba diving would be introduced in the coming years besides existing courses, like advanced mountaineering, para motor, skiing, trekking guide, water rafting etc.
Khandu extended invitation to Jaitley to visit NIMAS, which is yet to be formally inaugurated.
Defence secretary, joint secretary (army), additional FA&JS (defence), state’s chief secretary, resident commissioner, secretary to CM and NIMAS director also attended the meeting.
Set up at picturesque Dirang in West Kameng district in 2013, NIMAS, offers training courses on adventure sports that span across land, air and water, a first of its kind that allows civilians to experience challenges across a variety of outdoor surfaces and pursue a career in adventure sports.
NIMAS, under defence ministry, with defence minister and CM as president and vice president of its executive council respectively, had conducted its first meeting on 17.07.13.(PRO)