Sonam Wangchuk (Engineer) Biography, Innovation, Patents, Career, Politics, Protest, School, Ice Stupa, Family, Parents, Education, Net Worth, Age, Height, And More

Sonam Wangchuk is an Indian engineer, innovator, and education reformist. He is the founding director of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), which was founded by a group of students who had been in his own words, the victims of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh.

In 2009, Sonam came into the spotlight when his story inspired Aamir Khan’s character Phunsukh Wangdu in the film 3 Idiots directed by Rajkumar Hirani. He has been referred as The real-life Phunsukh Wangdu.

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Sonam Wangchuk Early Life

Sonam Wangchuk was born on 1st September 1966 in Uley Tokpo, Ladakh to Sonam Wangyal, a former politician, and Tsering Wangmo. Until the age of 9, he was not joined to any school. His mother taught him all the basics in his own mother tongue. At the age of 9, he was taken to Srinagar and enrolled in a school there.

Sonam was treated badly in the school, he was treated as a bad student. In 1977, he escaped alone to Delhi where he pleaded his case to the school principal at Vishesh Kendriya Vidyalaya.

Sonam Wangchuk parents

Sonam Wangchuk Career

Sonam began his career started as a Mechanical Engineer, and he worked on various projects in the field of engineering. However, he was not satisfied with the impact of his work and felt that he could contribute more to society.

In 1988, he founded the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), which aimed to promote education and sustainable development in Ladakh.

In 2001, he was appointed to be an advisor for education in the Hill Council Government. In 2002, together with other NGO heads, he founded Ladakh Voluntary Network (LVN), a network of Ladakhi NGOs, and served in its executive committee as the secretary till 2005. In 2005, Wangchuk was appointed as a member in the National Governing Council for Elementary Education in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

In 2016, Wangchuk initiated a project called FarmStays Ladakh, which provides tourists to stay with local families of Ladakh, run by mothers and middle-aged women.

Sonam is also known for his innovative solutions to the challenges faced by communities in Ladakh. He has more than 400 patents under his name. He is the engineer behind the construction of the world’s first Ice Stupa, which was built to address the problem of water scarcity in the region. This innovative solution has received global recognition and has inspired similar projects in other parts of the wo

Sonam Wangchuk Innovations

Sonam Wangchuk Relationship

Sonam is married to Padma Angmo and the couple has two children. His wife is a teacher and has been a constant support in his work. His children are also being raised with the same values and principles that he learned from his own family.

Sonam Wangchuk with his wife

Sonam Wangchuk Education

Sonam Wangchuk completed his early education in Ladakh and went on to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Srinagar (then REC Srinagar). Later, he went to France for two years of higher studies in Earthen Architecture at the Craterre School of Architecture in Grenoble, France. He used his knowledge and skills to develop innovative solutions to the problems faced by communities in Ladakh.

Sonam Wangchuk Education

Sonam Wangchuk Net Worth

Sonam Wangchuk is known for his simplicity and humility, and he is not one to flaunt his wealth or financial status. He has dedicated his life to serving society and working towards a better and sustainable future. As such, he has not pursued wealth or financial gain as his primary objective. It is estimated that Sonam Wangchuk’s net worth is in the range of a few million dollars. However, this estimate is based on limited information and should not be considered an official or accurate representation of his net worth.

Sonam Wangchuk Net Worth

Sonam Wangchuk Political Career

In 2013, he launched the New Ladakh Movement (NLM), a social campaign and Ladakh’s version of the Green Party with the aim of working for sustainable education, the environment, and the economy. Later, the members of the party decided to make it into a non-political social movement.

Latest News About Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk House Arrest In Leh

On 26 January 2023, to highlight the effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystem of Ladakh and to demand its protection under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, he attempted to go on a fast at the Khardungla pass. However, the authorities prevented him from going to Khardungla by putting him under house arrest, and restricting his movement. Sonam did not lose his faith and continued to voice his protest and fasting from the HIAL campus.

Sonam Wangchuk Home arrest and protest

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Sonam Wangchuk Physical Stats

Height in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weight in Kilograms- 71 kg
in Pounds- 157 lbs
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Sonam Wangchuk Wiki/Bio

Name Sonam Wangchuk
Nickname Snow Warrior
Date of Birth 1st September 1966
Birth Place Uley Tokpo, Ladakh, India
Profession Engineer, innovator
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Virgo
Nationality Indian
Hometown Ladakh, India
School Vishesh Kendriya Vidyala, Delhi
College/University National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar
CRAterre School of Architecture, Grenoble, France
Educational Qualifications B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering
Masters in Earthen Architecture
Family Father– Sonam Wangyal (former politician)
Mother– Tsering Wangmo
Brother– Not Known
Sister– No Known
Religion Not Known
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status Married
Wife Padma Angmo
Children Daughter– N/A
Son– N/A

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