Jamshedpur, August 2: Hemant Gupta, who had been working as a manager at Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) till July 31 last, has been promoted to senior manager post with effect from August 1 this year.
An IIT Bombay graduate, Hemant Gupta who conquered Mount Everest on May 27, 2017, has been has been winning accolades at TSAF ever since he had undertaken Outdoor Leadership Course in Uttarkashi Himalaya.
TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia confirmed the development during the Mount Kanamo expedition press conference held at Adventure Foundation wing of JRD Tata Sports Complex on Wednesday.
“Hemant Gupta has been promoted as senior manager at Tata Steel Adventure Foundation from August 1,” said Kapadia.
Hemant has been praised by his mentor (Bachendri Pal) on more than one occasion as a tough character who doesn’t fear taking challenges.
After Hemant conquered the Mount Everest, Bachendri Pal, chief, Adventure Programme, Tata Steel, had said, “Hemant has all the qualities to take over the reins of TSAF.”
It may be noted that Hemant’s 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 21,100 feet. His love for adventure made him join the Adventure Programme Dept in September 2013.
Since then he has climbed Mt Aconcagua (22,860 ft) – highest peak of America (one of the seven summits) in 2015, Mt Bhagirathi II (21,310 ft) in Gangotri region, Climbed Island Peak (20,400 ft) in Nepal, Mt Kanamo (19,600ft) in Spiti Valley.
Hemant, a metallurgy graduate, has worked at Tata Steel Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar (Odisha) units before joining TSAF in September 2013. He is the seventh climber from Jharkhand to wrest Everest.