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NLS grad, IPS DIG Aparna Kumar gets Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award after scaling 7 peaks on 7 continents

NLS’ Aparna Kumar gets national medal for adventure sports
NLS’ Aparna Kumar gets national medal for adventure sports

Aparna Kumar, 1999 NLSIU Bangalore graduate and 2002 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, has been bestowed the government’s Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2018 by the President of India for her mountaineering achievements.

She is a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police in the Uttar Pradesh cadre.

In January of this year, she had been the first IPS officer to ski to Antarctica’s South Pole and has also conquered the highest peaks on all seven continents.

A video of the prize giving ceremony, awarded for “land adventure”, is available on YouTube.

The award carries a Rs 5 lakh cash prize, with a total of six awards handed out this year for adventures relating to land, sea and air, as well as for life time achievement.

The President of India tweeted yesterday:

President Kovind confers Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2018 upon Ms Aparna Kumar.

She has climbed the Mount Everest and the highest peaks of Africa, Australia, South America , Europe and Antarctica.

She is the first IPS Officer to ski to the South Pole.

— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) Thu, 29 Aug 2019, 19:52

Earlier this year she told CNBC TV18 how she had been bitten the mountaineering bug:

I saw the glorious snow-clad Himalayas for the first time in 2002 after I cleared the Civil Service examinations. After almost 12 years, my serious relationship with nature and mountains began in 2014 when I was posted as the Commandant of the 9th Bn PAC, Moradabad, in Uttar Pradesh. The 9th Bn PAC was previously known as the Special Police Force (SPF) and has had a glorious history of high-attitude mountaineering. It manned sensitive high-altitude posts along the Indo-Tibetan/China border in Uttarakhand, which were later handed over to the ITBP.

My fascination for the mountains and curiosity towards mountaineering equipments, gear and tentage kept at the battalion triggered me to do a basic mountaineering course at the Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, in October 2013. In July 2014, I completed an advanced mountaineering course from the same institute and thereby, my journey of climbing began.

Fellow NLSIU graduate Nandan Kamath also accepted a sports promotion award from the government yesterday.

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