Sonam Wangchuk

Innovator | Educational Reformist | Environmentalist


The inspiration behind the famous character of Rancho aka Phunsukh Wangdu from the iconic film ‘3 Idiots’, Sonam Wangchuk is a Ladakh-based engineer and genius who has truly revolutionised the way we look at learning and education!

Wangchuk is also an educational reformist and an environmental activist and the founder of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement  (SECMOL) in Ladakh which he started in 1988.

He was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope in 1994, a triangular collaboration of the government, village communities & the civil society to bring reforms in the government schools system.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

He was awarded Governor’s Medal For Educational Reform in Jammu & Kashmir, 1996, & was invited to the Asia 21 Young Leaders’ Summit in Seoul 2006 for his contributions & achievements. 

To combat and solve the water crisis in Ladakh, he invented and developed a groundbreaking concept of ‘Ice Stupa’ an artificial glacier which melts when water is urgently needed for farming.

He was awarded the ‘Ramon Magsaysay Award’, Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize in 2018, the ‘UNESCO Chair for Earth Architecture’ for India in 2014 , ‘Real Heroes’ Award, by CNN IBN Channel in 2008, ‘Green Teacher’ Award by Sanctuary Asia Magazine in 2005 among many others.

Why Sonam Wangchuk?

With his aim to bring inclusive and engaging learning methods as well as eco-friendly inventions to save our planet, Sonam Wangchuk is an inspirational real-life superhero.

With a following of 1.18 million on YouTube, he is an extremely popular speaker whose sessions throw a whole new perspective on innovation and entrepreneurship that embraces social change.

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