SonamWangchuk, is a Ladakhbased engineer whose life was portrayed by the character in Bollywood movie “3 Idiots” played by Amir Khan. The real life innovator has been awarded an honorary D.Litt degree by a university in Maharashtra. He was awarded in recognition of his work as an innovator and educationist by the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) on 23 October, 2018.
President of India, Ram NathKovind was the chief guest at the event. After accepting the degree, Wangchuk humbly said that he has not done anything big or special.
“I did what humanity demands people to do,” added the educationist cum engineer who had also set up the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). SECMOL is a non-traditional school which showcases the educational reformation in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and amended the number of students clearing exams up to the intermediate level.
Wangchuk said when he saw students failing in the remote region of Ladakh, he decided to do something about it. “For me, my house was on fire and young brothers and sisters were in distress. So when your house is on fire, there is nothing special in throwing water on it, it is your duty, and if you don’t do it, that is surprising,” he said. He added it was out of humanity that he worked towards making the best use solar energy and creating artificial glaciers to address the problem of water scarcity.