Srinagar, October 1st: SP College Srinagar organized a three day trekking camping program in Gulmarg jointly organized by the Department of Physical Education and the college’s NSS units.
About 40 students from various courses took part in the program, 17 of them girls.
The students were accompanied by NSS officers Dr. Khalida Hassan, Sameera Siraj and Dr. Syed Rashid Masood, headmistresses, Dr Dr. Mir Irfanullah Furthermore, among the non-teaching staff, Mushtaq Ahmad Wadoo, Medical Assistant, Arshad Salam, Nissar Ahmad, Bilal Ahmad and Showkat Ahmad provided the necessary support during the program.
On the first day, the students did an easy warm-up trek to Baba Reshi from Gulmarg, which served as base camp for all three days. The hike was completed in 4 hours. The day ended with several cultural activities around the campfire.
The participants also went on a hike to Affarwat Mountain on the second day. In order to increase the work ethic of both staff and students, Prof. (Dr.) Khurshid Ahmad Khan, the worthy rector of the college, joined the participants and encouraged them to keep their spirits high. He spoke about the importance of such events, which act as stress buster in the midst of the tough Covid times.
Later in the evening, students were busy setting up tents at a campsite, and the day ended with a campfire and cultural activities, with students participating in singing competitions, poetry recitation, and other similar programs.
On the third day, the students took part in social programs in which they carried out awareness-raising activities about the importance of hygiene and sanitation. In addition, they spoke to tourists and locals alike about the importance of wearing a mask and maintaining hand hygiene during the Covid times.
NSS college students ran a cleanliness campaign in parts of Gulmarg that encouraged others to keep the beautiful meadows clean.
In the evening, all students had safely reached their respective apartments and thus concluded the university’s eventful and in many ways exciting annual camping and trekking program.