Ms Bachendri Pal is the Chief of Adventure Programmes at Tata Steel Jamshedpur and is also the Director of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), a premier Institute in India promoting Adventure Programmes & Leadership Development courses among youth and women as well as corporates, Institutes and other organizations. Ms. Pal, the first Indian woman to conquer Mt. Everest in 1984, is widely recognised for her pioneering role in planning, organising & leading pathbreaking expeditions for women. She is also known for her innovative pursuits over three decades in developing Leadership skills through Adventure Expeditions. The Prime mover of any organisation, society or nation is its people and she has made many a leader benefiting them and in turn those whose lives they have touched.
|1997||PEOPLE OF THE YEAR (BY LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS)|
|1995||YASH BHARTI AWARD BY THE GOVT. OF U.P.|
|1997||HON. D.LITT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GARHWAL|
|1985||NATIONAL YOUTH AWARD|
|1985||NGOLD MEDAL BY THE DEPT. OF EDUCATION OF U.P.|
|1990||FIE FOUNDATION’S NATIONAL AWARD|
|1990||Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records|
|1985||KOLKATA SPORTS JOURNALIST’S ASSOCIATION AWARD|
|2009||LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY KOLKATA SPORTS JOURNALIST ASSOCIATION|
|2013||VIRANGANA LAKSHMIBAI RASHTRIYA SAMMAN FOR PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ADVENTURE SPORTS AND WOMEN’S UPLIFTMENT IN THE COUNTRY|
Poonam, 21 years hails from Nald village in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. She is living through personal tragedies…having lost her father when young, later lost her 2 brothers and thereafter her mother. She was spotted by Ms Bachendri Pal while doing programmes from Kuflon Base Camp and engaged to take care of the Base Camp. She bravely and honestly went about her duties putting in lot of hard work. Her fighter attitude prompted Ms Pal to develop her further. She completed Basic and Advance mountaineering courses from NIM Uttarkashi with Aye Grade. In April 2017 she also trekked to Everest Base Camp 17598 ft. . To train her further TSAF sent her to Mt. Aconcagua, (22,837 ft) the highest peak in South America. Poonam reached the Summit of Everest on 21st May 2018.
Sandeep Toliya is working with TSAF for more than 10 years as Sr Instructor. He has done Basic and Advance mountaineering courses and Method of instruction course from HMI and NIM. He successfully completed the arduous 3 month Outdoor Educator Semester at National Outdoor Leadership School , USA, as well as the trip leader course at NOLS, Ranikhet. He has climbed quite a few peaks in Himalayas prominent being Mt Bhagirathi 2, Mt Rudugaira, Mt Kanamo, Stok Kangri as well as reached the Karakoram Pass. To train him further TSAF sent him to Mt. Aconcagua, (22,837 ft) the highest peak in South America. Sandeep reached the Summit of Everest on 21st May 2018.
Arunima Sinha 31 yrs of age lost her left limb in a train accident in April 2011. It is while she was in AIIMS New Delhi that she decided to take hold of her life and not let pity take over. She had heard of Bachednri Pal the courageous mountaineer and the first thing she did on coming out of the Hospital was to head towards Jamshedpur. Ms Bachendri Pal has always championed the cause of women and looking at Arunima’s determination said ‘ you have already achieved 50% of your goal…balance 50% would require training.’ Thereafter Arunima was provided rigorous training by TSAF… sometimes being pushed hard to eliminate short cuts. The rigourous training and the support system given to her enabled her to show great tenacity and resilience to eventually reach the Summit of Everest on 21 st May 2013. Not one to sit idle she set her sights on climbing the other six highest Summits of the Six Continents to become the first challenged person to reach the “7 Summits”. She has already covered six highest peaks of the 6 continents.
Premlata Agarwal’s initiation into Adventure came by chance. After TSAFs Hill Walking Event in Dalma Hill competing with women half her age and getting third position, she met Ms Bachendri Pal who boosted her morale tremendously saying “Age is no Bar”, if you want to do something worthwhile in life. There was no looking back. Premlata is mother of two daughters and balancing both household and adventure she completed Adventure/Basic/and Advance Courses from National mountaineering Institutes. Thereafter she participated in several TSAF Expeditions led by Ms Pal – notable being the Island Peak Expedition in Nepal (20600 ft) in 2004, the Karakoram Pass (18300 ft) and Mt. Stok Kangri (20150 ft) in 2006, the First Indian Women’s Thar Desert Expedition in 2007 which involved a 40 day Camel Safari along the International Border from Bhuj in Gujarat – Rann of Kutch – Thar in Rajasthan – upto Wagah Border in Punjab -- recognized by Limca Book of Record. She participated with her daughter to become the first mother and daughter team to have achieved this feast across Thar. In 2008 under Ms Pal’s leadership she climbed the 19300 ft Mt. Killimanjaro in Tanzania – the highest free standing (volcanic) mountain in the world.
Premlata Agarwal reached the Summit of Everest on 20 May 2011 becoming the oldest Indian woman of her age at 47 yrs to do so. Thereafter she went on to climb the 6 other highest Summits in the Six Continents , becoming the first Indian Woman to scale the “Seven Summits”. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 and Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2017.
She is working as Officer Adventure Programmes, Tata Steel with Ms Bachendri Pal.
Susen Mahato 51 years (comes from Rural Jharkhand i.e. village Paharpur in Rajnagar Block of Seraikela Kharswan District. He was working as a teacher in his village before he decided to meet Ms Bachendri Pal seeking better prospects in life. He was educated and was eager to carve out a place as a field staff. Thus began his career in TSAF in the year…..He proved his mettle by completing the Adventure Course and Basic Mountaineering Course from HIM Darjeeling with A Grades in 2002. Thereafter he did the Advance Mountaineering Course, the Search and Rescue Course and the Method of Instruction course in the next few years from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering all with A Grades. He participated in the Adi Kailash Expedition (17000 ft) and Chamsher Kangri Expedition (21798ft) in 2007 & 12 respectively. Ms Bachendri Pal seeing his performance and wanting to train the TSAF Instructional staff provided him the opportunity for attempting Mt. Everest. Vigorous training followed for one year, which ultimately resulted in success. Susen reached the Summit of Everest on 19 May 2013 at the age of 45 yrs.
Hemant Gupta (29 Yrs) hails from Kota Rajashtan. He completed his B. Tech in Metallurgical Eng & Material Science from IIT Bombay in 2011 and joined Tata Steel as a Management Trainee in Tata Steel’s new plant in Kalinganagar Orissa. As a MT he had undertaken TSAF Outdoor Leadership Course in Uttarkashi Himalaya. His first tryst with adventure came through his successfully completing the one month Basic Mountaineering Course from the National Mountaineering Institute in Manali. TSAF thereafter included him in the TSAF organized Chamser Kangri Expedition in which he reached upto 21100 ft. His love for adventure made him pursue with Tata Steel Management for joining the Adventure Programme Dept. which he joined ultimately in Sept. 2013.
Since then he has climbed Mt Aconcagua (22860 ft) - Highest peak of America (one of the seven summits) in 2015, Mt Bhagirathi II (21310 ft) in Gangotri region, Climbed Island Peak (20400ft) in Nepal, Mt Kanamo (19600ft) in Spiti Valley of HP Himalaya.
Having extensively trained in Uttarkashi Himalaya TSAF gave him the opportunity to climb Mt Everest Expedition in 2015. Unfortunately tragedy struck Nepal. An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck the Himalayan Kingdom and Everest region. Huge avalanches were triggered by the quake and the avalanche in Base Camp region killed 18 people. Both Hemant and Payo Murmu was in camp - II (21,350ft) at the time and both were fortunate to have escaped the would have been tragedy. Payo Murmu, mother of 3, was perhaps the first Tribal grass root level Industrial Worker on Everest Mission The climbing was suspended thereafter by the Nepal Govt. as a whole lot of Sherpas had died. 2016 went by and he finally got the permission from his mother to make another attempt on Everest in 2017. TSAF again provided the training and support and this time his determination paid off. He reached the Summit of Everest on May 27, 2017 at the age of 27 years… one of the very few IITians to have done so.