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watched 3 idiots? I am sure most of you must have watched it. After
all it was the highest grossing movie in its opening weekend in
Have you watched 3 idiots? I am sure most of you must have watched it. After all it was the highest grossing movie in its opening weekend in India in 2009. Everybody loved Amir Khan as Phunsukh Wangdu. The character of Phunsukh Wangdu was actually inspired by a ladakh engineer Sonam Wangchuk.
Sonam Wangchuk in real life is an engineer, innovator and an education reformist. Wangchuk has been working in Ladakh for over 20 years through his students educational and cultural movement of Ladakh. Wangchuk has gained recognition through ROLEX AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE for his ice stupas project on November 15. Ice Stupas is a conical ice mound that behaves like Mini-Glacier slowly releasing water for the growing season.
Earlier 95% of Ladakhi students used to fail in their board exams. He employed various measures to reduce the fail percentage. As of now, the pass percentage has increased from 5% to 75% in 2015. Students are engaged in real life problem solving activities, they learn from various ways and not just from their books. They learn from being at school. The school is run by students, they adopt alternate, pragmatic approach towards learning. Learning is contextual.
In 1994, He Created a Solar powered Student-Built, Student run school and gave over 1,000 youngster and opportunity to make something for themselves. He intends to solve the problem of lack of water for agriculture in the desert landscapes of the western Himalayas. He is determined to build up to 20 such stupas, each 30 meters high from the reward money. Wangchuks long term aim is to build an Alternative University on which he is currently working. The university will engage youth from Ladakh and other mountain regions for finding their own solutions to the challenges facing them. Sonam Wangchuk is a real life hero. Lets make him famous.