2013 Hillary Medalist

»Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Article

August 12, 2013: Professor of economics, and conservationist, and mountaineer Dr. Harshwanti Bisht has been selected to receive the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal. According to Dr. Beau Beza, Program Director in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the award is presented “for remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountainous regions. The medal both recognizes Sir Edmund Hillary’s own service on behalf of mountain people and their environment and also encourages the continuing emulation of his example.” In 1981 Harshwanti Bisht, Rekha Sharma and Chandra Prabha Aitwal were the first three women to summit the main peak of Nanda Devi (7,816m). Bisht was...

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Forever in love with mountains

»Posted on Jan 14, 2012 in Article

Seema Sharma Tribune News Service Dehradun, January 14 An interaction with Principle of the National Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) of Uttarkashi LP Sharma by a mere chance changed the course of life of Dr Harshwanti Bisht, who is now serving as the Principle of Government Degree College at Doiwala. She stays in Dehradun. She went on to scale the Nanda Devi peak (7816 mt) and received prestigious Arjuna Award in 1984 for her expedition. She established a nursery for birch leaves (Bhojpatra) at Chirvasa in 1991 and replenished the denuded jungles of Bhojwasa with 12,000 new plantations. She is resolute, rugged and compassionate like mountains. Being the fourth child among seven of an army officer, she was never differentiated on the basis of gender or any other...

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Harshwanti Bisht awarded CII Annual Green Award

»Posted on Mar 7, 2010 in Article

Garhwal Post, Sunday, 07.03.2010 By OUR STAFF REPORTER DEHRADUN, 6 Mar: Dr Harshwanti Bisht, Arjuna Awardee in mountaineering, and an environmentalist, was awarded the CII Annual Green Award by the Confederation of Indian Industry, here, today. Governor Margaret Alva handed over the award to her at the CII Uttarakhand Annual Session 2009-10 on ‘Robust Inclusive Green Growth’, which was held at a local hotel here. In her address, the Governor said that not only Uttarakhand, but the entire country could be proud of Harshwanti Bisht. Expressing her concern at the reducing forest cover and receding glaciers, she maintained that in Uttarakhand, most of the people depended on forests and their denudation was dangerous not only for the livelihood of the people, but also...

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Bringing the forests back to 9000 feet

»Posted on Aug 1, 2009 in Article

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