Establishment : 18 Aug 2003
The National Adventure Foundation (NAF) as an
NGO, is performing a ‘community service’ oriented role
in promoting Adventure activities, as a growth oriented and positive
activity among the youth, particularly those hailing from the under
privileged sections of society.
The NAF, was founded by Late Brig Gyan Singh, former Principal
of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) Darjeeling and Nehru
Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi, and leader of India’s
first Expedition to Mt. Everest in 1960. It was registered, under
the Registration of Societies Act 1860, in 1979, for promoting adventure
sports among the youth of the country and build their personality
and character by infusing in them a sense of discipline and National
The NAF discharges this obligation by obtaining fund support from
Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and other Govt. /Semi Govt.
organizations such as Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, University Grants
Commission and so on, as also by inviting donations from the corporate
Organisationally, the NAF has its National HQ located at New Delhi,
and its Chapters all over the country overseeing promotion of the
objectives of the NAF, within the region/ territorial jurisdiction
allotted to each. The NAF also extends affiliation to those Adventure
Clubs/ Organizations in the country which share NAF’s ‘Social’
orientation, and are, thus, willing to lend support to the NAF in
areas/disciplines in which the NAF needs such support to promote
To expose the youth to nature, hardships and hazards, thereby build
their personality, character, confidence and courage through adventure
The objectives of the NAF are:
- Promote, encourage, support and execute schemes for making
the younger generation interested in adventure activities entailing
facing of challenges and obstacles, both artificial and natural,
on rivers, seas and mountains and in forests, deserts, sky and
- To act as the apex national body & coordinating agency
in promotion and conduct of Adventure Sports / Activities through
setting up, in different parts of the country, either new Chapters
of NAF or designating / co-opting existing organizations functioning
with similar objects as NAF, as ‘Chapters of the NAF’.
- Channelise the energies of young women and men, both students
and non-students, working and unemployed, with special emphasis
on under-privileged sections of the society.
- Sponsor/ support national and foreign Adventure Expeditions/
events / activities, other than Mountaineering Expeditions, by
acting as the ‘clearing house’ and coordinator with
appropriate Central Ministries including those of Youth Affairs
& Sports, Home, Defence, Tourism, Environment, Surface Transport
& Highways, Civil Aviation, State Governments / Union Territories
and other Govt. / Non Govt. agencies / organizations, as may be
appropriate and necessary.
- Promote, extend scientific and other specialized knowledge by
- Collection and dissemination of such knowledge.
- Holding lectures, seminars, film and slide shows and exhibitions
on adventure activities.
- Establishing and maintaining a library, reading room, auditorium
and a museum.
- To plan, support and assist in execution of schemes and
programs aimed at promoting interaction between young people
of Border/Tribal/Remote Regions and hinterland regions, with
a view to promote:
A spirit of travel and adventure among young people of all
Better understanding, awareness and appreciation of the customs,
traditions, flora & fauna obtaining in our Border/Tribal/Remote
Working Body :
Chief Patron – Hon. Gen. Sec.
President – Dr. R. S. Tiwari
Vice President – Prof. A.K. Karmarkar
Director – Shri Vijay V. Pande
Secretary/Treasurer – Shri Uday Manjare
Establishment Year – 18 Aug 2003
- Basic Course in Adv. Sports (10 days)
- Jungle trekking camp (4-5 days)
- Weekend Camps (2-3 days)
- Rock Climbing camp (2 days)