Real life Phunsukh Wangdu aims to set up skill-based varsity in Ladakh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2018 09:45:18


 

By Abhishek Sonkar,

NEW DELHI,

Phunsukh Wangdu is name of the character in Aamir Khan-starrer ‘3 Idiots’ The engineer-turned educationist Sonam Wangchuk plans to set up university at a cost of Rs 800 crore and has joined hands with crowdfunding platform Milaap to raise initial funding

 

INNOVATOR and educationist Sonam Wangchuk, the real life Phunsukh Wangdu of Aamir Khan-starrer ‘3 Idiots’, aims to set up a skill-based university at a cost of Rs 800 crore in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.


After setting up SECMOL, a non-traditional school which brought in educational reform in the region and improved the number of students clearing exams up to intermediate level, Wangchuk is planning something bigger this time which he believes would help students earn bread and butter income.


The engineer-turned educationist told PTI that he plans to set up a university, Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh, over 200 acres in Phyang Valley. The land has been allotted by the Ladakh Hill Council, he said.


To fund his one-year old idea, Wangchuk has joined hands with crowdfunding platform Milaap to raise initial funding.
“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,” he said. The crowd funding campaign has also seen some unthinkable volunteers, he said.