ICC in collaboration with TiE, Pan IIT & ICA presents Sonam Wangchuk, founder of Student’s Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL).
Mr. Wangchuk founded a non-traditional school near Leh, for students who have failed the normal school system. This real school inspired the climactic ending in the popular Bollywood movie “3 Idiots”.
SECMOL launched “Operation New Hope” to improve education in Leh District, reducing the failure rate the 10th class exams from 95% to 50%. The movement is also launching a new project to build People’s Alternative University of Ladakh.
Sonam Wangchuk also leads a project to build Ice Stupas: Artificial glaciers to help Ladakh villager adapt to climate change. He will be receiving the prestigious Rolex Award on Nov 15, 2016 for his efforts to build artificial glaciers in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.
He is now launching a new project to build People’s alternative University of Ladakh
Listen to Sonam’s Ted Talk HERE
Jonathon Mingle has written about him in his book : Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World)