Meet real life Phunsukh Wangdu, an Innovator and educationist Sonam Wangchuk who was inspiration of Phunsukh Wangdu of Aamir Khan-starrer ’3 Idiots’. Right now Sonam is aiming to set up a skill-based university at a cost of Rs 800 crore in Ladakh.
Sonam established Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), a non-traditional school which brought major educational reform in the region and improved the number of students clearing exams up to intermediate level. Now he is aiming something bigger this time which he believes would help students earn better income.
Sonam said that he plans to set up a university, Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh, over 200 acres in Phyang Valley. To fund his one-year old idea, Wangchuk has joined hands with crowd funding platform Milaap to raise initial funding.
He said, “In the first phase, we look to start our first course of integrated mountain development from March-April 2018 for which we need Rs 14 crore. Rs 7 crore will be raised through crowd funding … on Milaap by January 26, 2018 and another Rs 7 crore is to be collected from corporate CSR to take the plan forward,”
Talking about the degrees to be offered to students at University, Mr. Wangchuk said there will two models of education, one recognized course and second will be more a “non-degree skill-based” programme.