Sports and Youth Affairs Minister- Haryana, Sh. Anil Vij, today inaugurated ‘Mark-10’ – the first Shooting Range of Panchkula at Hallmark Public School in the august presence of Sh. Gyan Chand Gupta- State Minister, Haryana, Sh. Jagdeep Singh- Director Sports & Youth Affairs, Haryana, Sh. K. K. Gupta- Chairman and Mr. Jivtesh Garg- Director of the school. Already contributing many firsts to the history of Panchkula inclusive of aero-modelling show, multi-game court, MOS champion, robotics, flash mob, etc, Hallmark Public School, Sector-15, Panchkula again pioneered to set up a 10M indoor shooting range that meets all international standards to prepare a young contingent of outstanding Indian shooters for national and international events.

Mark-10 Shooting Range will be open for all shooting enthusiasts and amateurs of age twelve above who can now practice their marksmanship in 10M rifle and pistol shooting, without having to leave the city, under the supervision and mentor ship of Mr. D.S Chandel, the official coach of the Indian Shooting Team and Mr. Arjun Singh Chandel, a national gold medalist and certified coach of NRAI. All the students of Hallmark will be benefited with concessional charges for the training.

After a floral welcome of all the dignitaries, Sh. Anil Vij – Sports and Youth Affairs Minister- Haryana, unveiled the inaugural stone of ‘Mark-10’ the first shooting range of Panchkula and applauded the passionate approach and ardent efforts of the management for designing a state-of-the-art shooting range with a dignified ambience, technical precision and equipment in accordance with international standards as well as roping in experts of the field for nurturing talent.

The senior choir of the school invigorated the glorious occasion with its melodious classical singing. National and international champions of various sports viz. tennis, golf, carrom, skating, netball, football, taekwondo, choi-kwang-do, wrestling, athletics, chess, badminton and MOS, namely Sanya Chadha, JiaKataria, Rashmeet Kaur, Abhinav Singh, Devesh Kumar, Chahat Bhaskar, Ravi Kumar, Paras Garg, Kanishka Kalia, Aman Pathak, Vikas Bhatti, Tanishq, Ajay Sharma and Kunal Garg were honored by the dignitaries.

Sh. Anil Vij inspired the students to take active part in sports, saying- When SGFI and CBSE included shooting in its sports calendar, it marked the beginning of a new phenomenon. In the past few years, many participants have represented India in international rifle shooting events and have won a number of medals and laurels, including Olympics. This has prepared a platform for many aspirants to reach the heights of this sport. Panchkula will soon carry this baton forward with the launch of an indoor shooting range at Hallmark Public School. This will be the first of its kind in the city. This shooting range will not only benefit the students in building their sporting calibre, but will also encourage a coherent training regimen in developing attributes like concentration, discipline, and stamina.

Sh. Gian Chand Gupta expressed his sentiments of delight and proud, saying- I am precisely thrilled and proud that a shooting range of international standard has been opened up in my constituency.

Sh. Jagdeep Singh appreciated the initiative of Hallmark Public School that intends to increase the scope and acceptance of shooting as a professional sport in a risk-free environment. The training will be imparted under the thorough and proficient supervision of esteemed trainers from the fraternity. Despite the paranoia regarding gun sports around the world, it has to be understood that shooting is a hard discipline that teaches its learners to exercise restraint over their emotions.

Mr. Jivtesh Garg, Director- Hallmark Public School, asserted, “Shooting is more than just a sport. If we look at it from the outside, shooting seems to be just a game. Raising the pistol and shooting at the target resembles a test of skill, but shooting is much more than just a sport. It’s a way of life. To discover the true nature of shooting one has to look inside, to cut through and go beyond any kind of preoccupation, whether it be worry, hope, doubt or fear. Nowadays, shooting is being practiced by thousands of people all over the world for the development of mental discipline as well. The simple elegance of the mechanics, the beauty of the equipment and the atmosphere of solitary dignity predominant at the range, have a great attraction for those who wish to walk upon the path of self-knowledge. Although the actual forms of competitive shooting have changed over and again and equipment has become more sophisticated over the last two centuries, the essence of true shooting practice always remains the same. With my team of experts, I am indeed very hopeful to nurture the shooting enthusiasts and amateurs to be the pride of our nation.”