IGNOU student receives Tenzing Norgay award from the President of India
16 September, 2012
Col. Anand Swaroop, SM, an ex-student of MBA programme from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was felicitated by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Gopinath Pradhan for receiving Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award-2011 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, from the President of India on the occasion of National Sports Award ceremony recently.
The felicitation ceremony was held in the VC’s chamber in the IGNOU headquarters, New Delhi.
Presently working with the Army Adventure Wing, 45 year old Col. Swaroop led the first successful Indian ski expedition in 2011 from the coast of Antarctica to South-Pole, travelling a distance of 1170 kilo meters.
The VC conferred a commendation certificate to Col. Swaroop and congratulated him for being an asset to the nation as well as to the university. “Your achievement shall be a path-lightener for the peer group and for the learners of IGNOU, motivating them to put efforts and set goals for such achievements. Your continuing association with us shall be an asset,” he said.
An excerpt from his certificate by the VC read as the following, “IGNOU would like to place on its record its appreciation for your adventurous Ski Expedition as leader of the Indian Army team to successfully traverse the long distance of the Antarctic region and finally hoist the Indian tricolor at the geographic south-pole. This exemplary work has culminated in receiving the prestigious award on the occasion of National Sports Academy...”
“He is also an active mountaineer who has led five successful mountaineering expeditions that include Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Nyegi Kangtsang, and Mount Satopanth. He has the distinction of scaling Mount Everest twice, once as a member and once as a deputy leader. Col. Anand Swaroop, SM, has been awarded Sena Medal twice, for Mt. Everest Expedition 2011 and Ski Expedition to South-Pole in 2011…,” read his Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2011 certifictae.
“I am sure you have so many students enrolled and short-listing me out of them is an honour. IGNOU is a great institution and I am grateful to it since it has helped many jawans who retire at the age of 35 to continue with their education. I will too continue with my studies,” expressed the Colonel.