In yet another example of the expertise of Indian defence personnel, Two Indian Army officers have been awarded the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020 by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Indian Army officers are Lieutenant Colonel Servesh Dhadwal and Colonel Amit Bisht. While Dhadwal has been awarded for his skydiving activities, Colonel Amit Bisht received Sena Medal for his land activities.
Inside the world of Colonel Servesh Dhadwal & Colonel Amit Bisht
Colonel Amit Bish is posted as Principal in Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarakhand and the officer has scaled more than 20 unscaled and unnamed technical difficult peaks in India and abroad. Notably, he has also scaled the highest mountain on earth ‘Mount Everest’.
Indian Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Servesh Dhadwal is an ace skydiving instructor. Interestingly, Lt Col Servesh Dhadwal was also a member of the top-secret intelligence unit Technical Support Division which was formed in the aftermath of 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
Currently, Dhadhwal is the Chief Instructor of the Indian Army Skydiving Team and the officer has provided Skydiving training to Special Forces of the Indian Army and National Security Guards (NSG).
To date, the highly-skilled skydiving instructor has conducted over 35 Basic and Refresher Skydiving Courses training to more than 850 personnel with over 7,000 skydives since 2008 and more than 5,000 skydives in the last five years.
Interestingly, he has acquired various certifications and licenses from the United States Parachuting Association (USPA).
Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award: India’s highest adventure sports honour
Earlier known as the National Adventure Awards, the highly prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award is the highest adventure sports honor one can achieve in India.
The accord is named after Tenzing Norgay, one of the first individuals to reach the summit of Mount Everest along with Edmund Hillary back in 1953. The award is handed out every year by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to honor the individuals for their “outstanding achievement in the field of adventure activities on land, sea, and air” over the past three years.