(Last Updated on : 09/04/2013)
The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is considered amongst the best mountaineering institutes in India, as well as one of the esteemed mountaineering institutes in Asia. The institute is led by a Principal who has been appointed by the Ministry of Defence. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering comprises of Training and an Administrative division. The Training department comprises of the Vice Principal, the valiant NIM instructional, the Medical Officer and Kitchen staff. The Administrative department is managed by the Registrar and the Equipment Officer and it deals with account, rations and equipment. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering aims to introduce and initiate school children, young men and women to the sacred and pristine mountains and nature with the various mountaineering and adventure training courses. The focus is on infusing the concept of adventure sports along with conservation of environment.
History of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
In 1964, the Ministry of Defence, Government of India
and the Government of Uttar Pradesh
disputed over the offer of establishing a mountaineering institute at Uttarkashi. Due to its geographical advantages, Uttarkashi
was selected as the base of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering as the region was close to the Gangotri
region in western Garhwal
which constitutes the finest climbing and training potential in the country. The institute is nestled atop the turtle back hill across the east bank of river Bhagirathi and overlooks the confluence of Bhagirathi
. It enjoys the panorama of the holy town of Uttarkashi from its location.
After the formation of the new state of Uttarakhand
in November 2000, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand was appointed as the Vice President of the Institute. From its inception, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering has received the highest level of patronage from the Government of India, the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of Uttarakhand.
Administration of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
The founding fathers of the institute include Y.B. Chauhan, former Defence Minister of India who acted as the founding President and Sucheta Kriplani, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh acted as the founding Vice Prisident of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. Brigadier Gyan Singh became the first Principal of NIM and with his experience he provided a strong base and developed it during its formative years. Late Shri H C Sarin was the Secretary of the esteemed institute for almost 22 years and provided the bureaucratic support and the facilities which were required to augment it to a premier national Institute.
Development of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering was formed in the year 1965 at the Provincial Armed Constabulary Campus at Gyansu which is at the north bank of Bhagirathi River. The location was selected in 1970 by a team comprising of architect Mr. Rahman, Captain M.S.Kohli and Late Shri Harish Sarin. The current location is around 5 km away, across the Bhagitrathi River. The institute moved to a new site in the year 1974. The campus is now perched at an altitude of 4300 ft in the Ladari Reserve Forest in the middle of a dense pine forest, with a panoramic view of the valley of gods and the blessed river.
The institute campus is scattered over 7 hectares of prime forest land. Moreover, almost 3.5 hectares of area in the Tekla Rocks, comprising of rocks and boulders, was included in the real estate of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in 2001. It is currently in the process of obtaining a Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Beach at Rishikesh
in order to conduct adventure training on the Ganges
River. The campus has proper planned layout and is maintained thoroughly. The trainees are provided a range of services that cater to their best physical and mental development.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, nestled amidst lush green surroundings and exquisite natural environment, has become the holiest shrine for nature lovers and aspiring mountaineers.