Contributor: Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk

About Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk is a Ladakhi engineer, innovator and education reformist. He is the founding-director of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) which was founded in 1988 by a group of students who had been in his own words, the ‘victims’ of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh. He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating. Wangchuk was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope in 1994, a collaboration of government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government school system. He invented the Ice Stupa technique that creates artificial glaciers, used for storing winter water in form of conical shaped ice heap. He has receive many regional and global awards, including 2017 GQ Men of the Year Awards (Social Entrepreneur of the Year), 2017 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, 2016 Rolex Awards Laureate and 2014 UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture by CRATerre France.

Making Glaciers On Top Of The World

We sat down with Sonam Wangchuk, the real-life Phunsukh Wangdu of the Indian movie ‘3 Idiots’, to learn why he is and what challenges there are to overcome in creating artificial glaciers, known as Ice Stupas … more

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