Amir Khan plays the role of hero in the Indian Hindi movie ‘Three Idiots’ as the character named Phunsukh Wangdu. This character is in reality and there is a school in Ladakh where there are no books for learning and teaching. Students gain their knowledge practically and applying that knowledge to the real life they also try to solve real-life problems and always become very successful. The director of that movie made on the basis of the life of this gentleman named Sonam Wangchuk, Founder of SECMOL Education Movement.
The University of Failures
To get admission to the school, you must fail into the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam. This is why many people call it ‘The University of Failures’ as fun. The students of this school have a lot of amazing inventions. They make the school with mud in such a way that if the minus 15 degrees Celsius temperature continue outer then Inside temperature of the school is plus 15 degrees.
In the summer season, it is very difficult to get water in the manless foggy desert region like Ladakh. In order to get pure cold water in very hot weather, with ordinary pipes Sonam Wangchuk made ‘Ice Stupa’ (Ice Stupa is a form of glacier grafting technique that creates artificial glaciers, used for storing winter water (which otherwise goes waste) in form of conically shaped ice heap. During summer, when water is scarce, the Ice Stupa melts to increase water supply for crops). It Looks like a snow hillock, with which the greenhouse effect can be easily removed.
Himalayan Institute of Alternatives and Its Achievement
Some three or four times dropped students today are world’s best journalists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs. Even the Education Minister of Ladakh who failed five times into the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam. And then got admission to this school named Himalayan Institute of Alternatives.
Generally, we are expecting the school holidays. But the great punishment is given to the student of this school is a week’s school holidays! The school is like a country or state or kingdom. Students manage the school, build leadership, broadcast radio stations, publish news pages, and even produce their own food by farming also.
Selling them in the market they arrange their finance. And also goes outing for the tour in the various countries after the year round. Through this, they gained and acquire their knowledge on the economics, geography, and biology.
It is for this simple yet genius invention that Wangchuk was bestowed with the Rolex Award for Enterprise last month. He now plans to use the Rs 1 crore prize money as seed fund for his dream project ‘the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives’. And formulate ways to solve those issues through out-of-the-box ideas and practical application of knowledge.
The Doers University of Phunsukh Wangdu In Ladakh
“The world needs real-world universities, ‘doer’ universities. We’re going to set up one model of it in Ladakh. And if it is also successful, we hope it’ll have a ripple effect from New Delhi to New York,” Wangchuk enthusiastically signs off. This engineer’s dream of being successful by the revolution in education is to establish a university. The name of this university will be ‘Doers University’. There will be only performed activities and invention no studying and reading.
Ending Words about Sonam Wangchuk
His comments and observations on the Indo-Pak regular war are only Education can bring the change. Sonam Wangchuk does not just dream of Ladak, but also of the whole world. Sonam Wangchuk is a store of inspiration.