Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax Debasish Biswas, who is currently posted at Patna, has been awarded the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Award for Adventure, 2015. The award, instituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is the highest award in the field of adventure sports given by the Indian Government.
Biswas is the only Indian civilian to have climbed five of the nine peaks with height more than 8000 metres located in India and Nepal successfully. He has scaled the Mt. Everest in 2010, Mt. Kanchenjunga in 2011, Mt. Annapurna in 2012, Mt. Makalu in 2014 and Mt. Manaslu in 2015.
He is also an active member of the West Bengal Mountain Rescue team and a member of the Governing Body of the W.B. Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Foundation.
Also a recipient of the Radhanath Sikdar Tenzing Norgay award, he is also director and photographer of many films on mountaineering expeditions and has authored many books in Bengali on the subject.
He has formed a group ‘Aarohan Wanderlust’ to promote adventure among general people including aged persons and students and is a regular guest lecturer in various schools, colleges, engineering institutions, clubs and public gatherings in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, and Bangladesh.