Jagranites brings Glory to Madhya Pradesh. Ayushi Rathore Awarded Best Girl Camper and Team Leader in the National Adventure Festival, Chandigarh.

The National Adventure Club of India hosted its 25th National Adventure Festival in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, from 2nd of February to 10th of February, 2019, Chandigarh. About 600 young men and women in the age group of 17 to 34 years from all over the country and few SAARC countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan and SriLanka participated in this national event.

A 24-member team comprises of 17 boys and 7 girls from Jagran School of Journalism & Communication of Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal represented Madhya Pradesh state in this mega national event. Students participated in different adventure activities like Snow Skiing, Trekking, River Crossing, Rock Climbing and Mountaineering at Solang Nala, Manali, Himiri-Kufri and Narkanda in the state of Himachal Pradesh and River Rafting and Kayaking at Shivpuri in Uttrakhand.

In Solang Nala, students trek 12000 ft snow-covered high altitude mountain and show their skill in Snow Skiing and Mountaineering. With the collaboration of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, Manali students covered 17km long snow trek from Manali to Solang. “It was an amazing feeling, to walk so far in a single file with snow reaching up to our waist,” said Yameen Majeed Dar, a student of BAJMC 2nd Year, Jagran School of Journalism and Communication. He added “It was quite exhausting to carry the heavy skiing equipment up the hill while wearing ski boots. Once on top of the hill, we were instructed on how to ski down a simple slope and brake. It took some time for us, but eventually, everyone began skiing slowly downhill with great glee. It was an exhilarating sensation to ski downhill letting the cold breeze brush against your face, and then to slowly stop and fall into the dense snow. The hardest part was carrying the skis back up the hill, but the ecstatic moment of skiing made it all worth-while” he said.

Similarly, in Himri-kufri and Narkanda students climbed 10,500 ft high peak Himalayan Mountains and exhibit their talent in Rock Climbing and Mountaineering along with River Rafting and Kayaking at Shivpuri & Rishikesh, where participants covered 20km long River stretch through Rafting. “An adventure sport pushes one to get out of their comfort zone and perform a task. “It increases brain to body coordination and elevates concentration levels and sense of balance. The abundant exercise keeps one fit while working in teams improve team building and bonding. It also builds self-esteem” said Ms. Mrunal Ghrihapuje student of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jagran Lakecity University.

In different event students from Jagran Lakecity University excelled and bring glory for the university as well as for Madhya Pradesh State. Ms. Ayushi Rathore from Jagran School of Journalism & Communication, JLU adjudged and awarded Best Girl Camper in Skiing & Trekking events at Himri Kufri and also honoured as the best Team Leader in overall events.

A 24 member team led by Mr. Aryan Arora & Ms. Ayushi under the guidance of Dr. J.K. Panda, Associate Professor, Jagran School of Journalism & Communication participated in 9days long mega National Event. Explain the importance of such adventure trip for the students, Dr.Panda said “Adventure sports for students are highly motivational and practical which are unlikely to be seen from the normal classroom environment and students taken out for adventure sports to give a huge exposure of the environment, the activities. They connect with the local community, food and learn how to stay in groups.”. “Adventure sports are a physical activity which involves fitness and maintains the physical mental balance of a student” he emphasized.   

Every year since 1995, the National Adventure Club in Chandigarh organizes the National Adventure Festival, an all India festival to promote adventure sports among the youth. Through this event, students encouraged and learned to work in the different adverse environment, how to build team spirit, friendship and trust amongst each other. Students also learned beneficial habits of dedication, discipline and responsibility. These habits make a student live with more confidence. While on this adventure trip, students gained a new perspective of the world as they travelled away from home. They learnt about the new culture, lifestyle, and community and so they can understand the importance of their own region. Adventure sports builds confidence to fight with the upcoming challenges of life. It makes a student stronger and builds his personality unique and distinguishable.

Honourable Pro-Chancellor Mr Abhishek Mohan Gupta, Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Anoop Swarup and Director, Jagran School of Journalism & Communication Prof. Diwakar Shukla congratulate and appreciate the entire team for their success and achievement.