Leh: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken has said the Centre would extend full support to Jammu and Kashmir in promoting adventure sports in the state.

"Government of India would extend full support in promoting adventure sports in Jammu and Kashmir keeping in view that the State has so much to offer towards promotion of adventure sports," Maken said after inaugurating an Advance Mountaineering Course here on Monday.

As many as 90 boys and girls selected from across the 12 districts of Jammu and Kashmir are participating in the 10-day course conducted by the Jawahar Mountaineering Institute.

The course provides youngsters with a unique opportunity to develop their skills and showcase their talent.

The minister said adventure sports helps in developing leadership qualities and promotes sportsmanship among the participants.

"It infuses a positive concept of discipline as well as obedience among the youth to understand their responsibility.

Such things will be by and large in the interest of India's future," he said.

Maken urged the trainees to sharpen their skills by taking advantage of the course and take it as a source of generating self-employment as well as employment for others.

State Sports Minister R S Chib said adventure sports not only provides a medium to expose the youth to nature but also kindles the spirit of adventure, personality development, courage and confidence.

Maken and Chib later jointly flagged off an expedition to 6,135 metre high Stok Kangri peak.

(Agencies)