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Updated: March 31, 2010 10:55 IST

An exhilarating experience for students

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The National Institute of Engineering's Adventure Sports Centre (NIE-ASC) is on overdrive with a slew of activity to pump up the adrenalin levels of the student community.

Having got of to an impressive start with various kinds of rappelling that was demonstrated last month, the members of the NIE-ASC embarked on rock climbing both with and without the help of ropes to prepare its members for the more gruelling tasks ahead.

The Department of Physical Education and Sports at NIE recently teamed up with the International Academy of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Mysore (IAMAS) to start the NIE-ASC.

In continuation with its rappelling programme, the centre took up the second and a more advanced step by exposing its members to rock climbing at Chamundi Hills. This was followed by trekking through the bushy forest area, apart from rappelling.

The members were trained in mountaineering skills such as “belaying” by the IAMAS team led by Shankar S. Urs while the NIE team was accompanied by T.K. Chittaranjan, Chairman, NIE Sports Committee, Physical Education Director H.N. Shankaranarayana, among others and nearly 50 students and six faculty members took part in the rock climbing at Chamundi Hills.

D.S.D. Solanki of IAMAS briefed the students about the safety measures before embarking upon rock climbing which forms an introduction to high altitude mountaineering.

For the students it was an exhilarating experience and a majority of the promised to participate in future as well. Meanwhile, the NIE-ASC has stated that it will promote adventure sports with the objective of inculcating interest in adventure activities amongst members. Various activities of IAMAS such as trekking, mountaineering, cycle expeditions, tube water rafting, archery etc. will be offered to NIE students.

“NIE aims at producing engineers with the spirit of adventure. This Adventure Sports Centre is yet another feather in its cap and sets an example to others”, according to Mr. Shankarnarayana.

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