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The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI Darjeeling) was founded in Darjeeling, India on 4 November 1954 to promote mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a strong interest in establishing mountaineering as a well-respected effort for people in the region. With the impetus provided by the first prime minister of India, JL Nehru, HMI was established in Darjeeling. Narendra Dhar Jayal, the explorer of Indian Mountaineering, was the founding principal of the institute. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) is one of the beginning mountaineering institutes in the world. Founded on November 4th, 1954 by the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the institute is located in the charming hill station of Darjeeling. India,s first Prime Minister on MMI-- The Institute trains young men not only to climb Himalayan peaks, but also create in them an urge to climb peaks of human endeavour, the Himalayas from time immemorial had attracted people and inspired them to discover nature s bountiful gifts found there and influenced Indian minds as evident from old scriptures, books and epics of the mythology of India. – Pandit Jawaharlal