Srinagar, June 17: On behalf of the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, I welcome Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh ji, who is also the President of JIM&WS, in the 9th Executive Council and 4th General Body meeting of this prestigious institute.
After the Everest summit, when a journalist asked the great mountaineer Edmund Hillary, what was the reason of this dangerous journey? Do you know how many people before you had lost their lives in the process of climbing this treacherous peak? Hillary looked at the journalist and said there was no particular reason but Everest was there and its existence was challenging the humanity. Hillary's answer would seem very simple, but deep inside was hidden the challenge of 70 years. Climbers had failed for 70 years in scaling Everest, so Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accepted the challenge. The uncharted peak is a challenge and not only Everest, the other places of the universe, Moon, Mars are also in the reach of human spirits today.
I congratulate Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports on completing 39 years. Since its inception in 1983, this institute has overcome many difficulties and challenges to carve a niche for itself in the field of adventure sports. Not only trainees but trainers like Sh Mahfooz Hajam have also made this institute proud with their remarkable achievements.
Every reputed institute in India, along with fulfilling its objectives, has also made committed efforts to meet the aspirations of the society. Keeping this tradition alive, Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports is always ready to serve the people in the same spirit and is working shoulder to shoulder with the administration during natural calamities.
JIM&WS has also become the first institute in the country to achieve a significant accomplishment by completing winter skiing course in Sonmarg for the local and adventure sports lovers coming from all over the country.
I also extend my heartiest congratulations to the Principal, Secretaries and Staff of the Institute for their efficient leadership.
The institute is making relentless efforts for promotion of adventure sports & mountaineering activities in the country and showing the way to other institutions.
Climbing the highest peaks is not an ordinary adventure. It's a journey, it's a heroic deed and it's a search in Mysterious Mountain to attain the unattainable.
I urge young enthusiasts to make protection of eco-system an integral part of this sport and contribute in building a better society, a prosperous UT for future generations.
The highest peaks of Kargil are just seven hours away from here. 23 years ago our brave soldiers hoisted the tricolor on those inaccessible hills and fought till their last breath to protect the sovereignty and integrity of our great nation.
In last 2-3 years, Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing massive transformation in the field of sports.
Last year more than 17.5 lakh youth got an opportunity to showcase their talent in various sports disciplines. Earlier, the participation in sports never crossed the 1 lakh mark and this year our aim is to achieve a record figure of 35 lakhs.
We have improved our ranking and moved to 16th place in the Khelo India Youth Games which concluded in Haryana recently. I am sure that J&K will be in the top ten in the next edition.
With state-of-the-art Indoor and outdoor stadiums; 31 Khelo India Centers; provision of play fields and sports kits in every panchayat and providing maximum opportunities to promising sportspersons, the UT of J&K has become a powerhouse of sporting talent and is moving towards achieving excellence in sports.