HORSE RIDING CLUB LAUNCHED AT USTM
Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM along with other dignitaries inaugurating the Information Brochure during the launching ceremony of the USTM Riding Club
Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 10th April 2021: The University of Science and Technology Meghalaya today launched a Horse Riding Club at its campus located in Baridua, Ri-Bhoi in presence of a galaxy of dignitaries, students, faculty members, and admin officials.
Mr. Rakesh Sethi, Deputy Inspector General, Group Centre, CRPF, Guwahati graced the event as the Chief Guest. Col. Shomir Bhatnagar, Officer in Charge, 47, Assam R&V Squadron NCC, Shri Sayed Ali, State Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India, Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM and Prof GD Sharma, VC, USTM also graced the occasion with their valuable presence.
The mega launching ceremony started with a welcome address by the USTM Chancellor Shri M. Hoque and was followed by an address by his deputy Prof. G.D. Sharma. Addressing the gathering, Shri Hoque said, “It has been scientifically proven that the sport of horseback riding has many therapeutic qualities which provide both physical and mental health benefits.” “Horse riding also opens up new career opportunities for the participants and also gives them an upper hand in job opportunities especially in Civil Service, Sports, Defence and Police Department”, he added. After that, an information brochure of the USTM horse riding club was inaugurated by the dignitaries and was followed by a couple of speeches by Col. Shomir Bhatnagar and Shri Sayed Ali respectively.
The keynote address was delivered by the Chief Guest Mr. Rakesh Sethi. Congratulating the entire USTM family for this holistic initiative, he said, “The Riding club will definitely help the students in becoming fit to face any kind of challenges in the world.” “It will also help the students in reducing mental stress and therefore help them in excelling academically” he added.
The vote of thanks was provided by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, Admin, USTM. The event came to an end with a horse riding show.
The USTM Riding Club will not be only limited to the university students and therefore will be accessible for everyone across the Nation. Eight professional trainers cum caretaker have been appointed to look after the eight horses currently available in the Riders Club. Within a year, the number of horses in the club will be sixteen. Elephant rides will also be available in the USTM campus very soon.