Four tribal students from Maha climb Everest
Four tribal students from Maharashtra have successfully scaled Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, state Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said this evening.
They were among ten students of Ashramshalas (state-run residential schools for tribals) from Chandrapur district, selected for Everest expedition as part of the Tribal Development department `Mission Shaurya 2018', he said.
Umakant Madavi (19), Parmesh Ale (19), Manisha Dhurve (18) and Kavidas Kathmode (18) scaled Everest in the wee hours today. Another two members of the team will attempt the summit in the next two days, Mungantiwar said.
Kavidas and Umakant reached the summit around 3.25 AM, while Manisha and Parmesh followed an hour later. "This is a historic achievement. They have enhanced the pride of their Ashramshala as well as Chandrapur district," Mungantiwar said. The team, with members aged between 18 and 21, had left on April 11 from Mumbai for the 60 day expedition.
The selection process had begun in July 2017 with a school level screening of 60 students, out of which 45 were selected for the foundation training in Wardha. After further shortlisting, 18 were selected for a mountaineering course at Darjeeling, and thirteen of them were sent for advanced training in Leh before selecting the final team.
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