Q1. What is Adventure Travel Escort Course (A.T.E.C.)?
The 15-day course prepares youth for jobs in the adventure travel and tourism segment.
Q2. What is the aim of the course?
Create professional workforce.
The course is proposed under Capacity Building for Service Providers (C.B.S.P.) scheme of the Ministry of Tourism. The objective of the scheme is to educate, train, and certify the adventure tourism service providers. The ministry implements the scheme through Indian Mountaineering Foundation (I.M.F.) and six government mountaineering institutes.
According to United Nations, Capacity Building is a “process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes, and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world.” https://academicimpact.un.org/content/capacity-building
Q 3. What are the prerequisites for the course?
The participants shall meet the following standards:
- Educational Qualification: 10th standard certification
- Language: Fluent in English and Hindi (speak, read, and write both the languages)
- Age: 18-35 years
- Entrance Exam: The participants shall pass the aptitude test.
Q 4. What are the benefits of joining the course?
- The participants receive a certificate after successfully completing the course.
- The certified participants may seek employment in adventure travel and tourism segment or do freelancing.
- The participants get an honorarium: ₹1,500 per day. It is a handsome opportunity for learning and earning (₹22,500 for entire course).
Q 5. Who organizes the course?
The government mountaineering institutes organize A.T.E.C. sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and I.M.F. The foundation may facilitate twenty (20) courses with the help of the ministry and institutes.
The following institutes organize the course:
- Jawhar Institute of Mountaineering and Water Sports (J.I.M.W.S.), Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir
- Atal Bihar Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (A.B.V.I.M.A.S.), Manali, Himachal Pradesh
- Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (N.I.M.), Uttarakashi, Uttarakhand
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (H.M.I.), Darjeeling, West Bengal
- Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-tourism (I.H.C.A.E), Chemchey, Sikkim
- National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (N.I.M.A.S.), Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh
The institutes have already conducted at least seven (7) courses:
H.M.I. trained 40 volunteers in January-February 2019.
J.I.M.W.S. also trained the volunteers.
N.I.M.A.S. trained volunteers in February-March 2019.
N.I.M. conducted four courses in January-February 2019 and April 2019.