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Mountaineering institute to be set up in Arunachal

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Oct 26 � The Union Cabinet has sanctioned setting up of a National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh as an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Defence at an estimated cost of Rs 81 crore.

The required land at Dirang for the Institute has been provided by the State Government. It will directly provide employment to 89 people, mostly in the middle and lower level. Besides, it will generate further indirect employment in the region and will also boost the economy of the common people who would be providing day to day various services required to the Institute, said Union Information of Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni.

It would be a training institution for multifarious adventure activities relating to land, air and aqua to attract adventure enthusiasts. The systematical training in the activities will increase the number of visitors from all parts of the country to the remote areas of this border State and their interaction with locals will result in development of the region, Soni said.

This Institute would be the first National Institute of its kind where theoretical and practical training for activities relating to mountaineering, aero adventure and aqua adventure would be conducted. Trainees for the courses at the Institute shall be from all parts of India and abroad. These would include personnel from Defence forces, para military forces, NCC cadets, civilians and students sponsored by State Governments, she said.

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