ITANAGAR, July 18 – Arunachal Pradesh is just a few months away from having a premier institute with the Union Defence Minister AK Antony giving the ‘assurance’ to lay the foundation of the National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) at the picturesque Dirang Valley in West Kameng district in October this year.
To a request made by State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the Defence Minister on Wednesday consented to lay the foundation stone of the prestigious institute in the last week of October next. The occasion was the first ever meeting of the Executive Council – the highest decision making body of NIMAS – held at the headquarters of Ministry of Defence in New Delhi which was chaired by Antony with Tuki as co-chair.
NIMAS is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Defence, jointly incorporated by the Government of India and Government of Arunachal Pradesh. To be established permanently at Dirang, the Institute will offer courses on land, aero and aqua adventure activities.
The Institute has, in fact, already started functioning from an ad-hoc campus provided by the State Government, with a few short courses. It plans to conduct courses on mountaineering, skiing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing soon.
The Institute also plans to work in close coordination with State Tourism and Sports departments to conduct courses on trekking & mountain guides, self groups for home stay management and eco camps.