STATE TIMES NEWSBhadarwah: To explore the hidden beauty of Bhadarwah Valley and to bring it on the international map of adventure tourism especially as trekking destination post Covid-19 restrictions, Directorate of Sports and Physical Education (SPE) Jammu University in collaboration with Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifles (RR) based at Bhadarwah organises 10 days “Annual Physical Education Camp” for Hiking and Trekking , which was flagged-off by CO RR along with Director SPE Jammu University Dr. Daud Iqbal Baba and Prof. Vinod Sharma Rector Ramnagar Campus from Bhadarwah Campus on Thursday morning.One hundred seventy B.PEd and M.PEd students including 68 girls of Jammu University along with 25 staff members are participating in the adventure cum sports trip to the high altitude meadows of Bhadarwah, while following all precautions and SOPs.The participating students, who are going to explore the high altitude and hidden meadows of Bhadarwah after the restrictions of Covid-19, said that the initiative of the ‘Directorate of Sports and Physical Education (SPE) Jammu University and Army came as a blessing in disguise at this juncture of post Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions.They said that we are very excited to see the beauty of Bhadarwah especially high altitude meadows of this beautiful picturesque Valley during our camp.Vice Chancellor University of Jammu Prof. Manoj K Dhar in his message has appreciated the role of Indian Army for collaboration and support.“University of Jammu and Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifle Battalion at Bhadarwah are working as a single entity for the last so many years.Without the support of Indian Army, organizing such events is not possible,” VC added.He has advised the students to enjoy the trekking maintaining the discipline and following the guidelines issued by the Government from time to time for the prevention of the Covid-19.While addressing the students Cheif Guest CO RR based at Bhadarwah appreciated the efforts of the students and University of Jammu especially Dr Daud Iqbal Baba for organizing the Camp at this moment when all the activities are stalled due to the Covid-19. He said that such kinds of events help youths to keep themselves away from anti-social activities.He further said that Indian Army, which is already performing the onerous task of guarding the borders as well as combating terrorism is also doing a lot to mitigate the sufferings of the people as well as improve their quality of life, both in urban and rural areas as well as in extremely remote and inaccessible locations.Dr. Daud Iqbal Baba, Director DSPE Jammu University, expressed his gratitude to Rashtriya Rifles and Bhadarwah Campus for it’s collaboration with the said event as a good will gesture.Dr. Daud said that we have launched this initiative to attract adventure enthusiast to let them explore the virgin mountains of Jammu and Kashmir and to make siren destinations like Bhadarwah an all season attraction for the tourists especially for adventure lovers. “Indian army has always served as an example of national integration, secularism and sacrifice, its people-centric initiatives in UT J&K have been a resounding success. It’s a truly ‘peoples’ army’ and its well-known humane approach has created an exceptionally strong bond between people of UT JK and the army,” Daud added. He apprised about the route and 10 days programme of the Expedition. He also thanked Prof Rahul Gupta Rector Bhaarwah Campus for providing all the help to make this event successful.ERO Bhadarwah Campus Arif Haleem Khateeb informed that during these 10 days camp, students will participate in Hiking and trekking in surrounding mountains and high altitude locations including Hayan, Guldanda and Jaie Valley followed by sports activities in Bhadarwah Campus. There will be also Yoga sessions, Morning/evening Conditioning drills, Cultural activities, Art & Craft activities, Painting Competition and Cleanliness drive (Swacch Bharat Abhiyan).The officials present on the occasion include officials from Indian Army, Arif Khateeb ERO Bhadarwah Campus, Raj Kumar, Ravish Vaid, Gagan Kumar, Vikas Karlopia, Jai Bharat, Harinder Pal Singh, Sanjay Verma, Sanjeev Sharma, Arshad Baba and Manzer Saleem.
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