Ladakhi students are educational refugee in other States: Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk and others during a function at Chandigarh. —Excelsior/Morup Stanzin
Sonam Wangchuk and others during a function at Chandigarh. —Excelsior/Morup Stanzin

Excelsior Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21: Roman Magsaysay awardee and educationist, Sonam Wangchuk has said that Ladakhi students pursuing their higher studies in other States of the country were educational refugee.
He was addressing at the Ladakh Student Association (LSA) Losar function, celebrated on the theme “Celebrating our Roots” with motto `Stand for full-fledged University for Ladakh’ at the Punjab University on Sunday.
SECMOL and HIAL founder Sonam Wangchuk was chief guest on the occasion while Dean of PU Emanual Nahar, Retired IGP Tsering Phuntsog, Lobzang Founder of Sangey Menla Trust, District Congress Committee president Tsering Namgyal and 2nd Ladakh Scout SM Tashi Angchok were guest of honor. Everest Climber Rigzin Dolker, national Rugby player Tamchos and Press Club Leh president Morup Stanzin were special guests on the occasion. A large number of Ladakhis residing in Chandigarh and Ladakh scouts families also participated in the celebration.
Appreciating the student for keeping the culture and tradition alive even in the city like Chandigarh by celebrating Losar so enthusiastically, Sonam Wangchuk expressed his wish that someday the way Ladakhi students go out of Ladakh for pursuing their higher education, the students from many countries should come to Ladakh to study at various Universities in Ladakh. He also mentioned about the tremendous improvement in the education system in Ladakh during the past 30 years.
Mentioning about his dream project of HIAL, Wangchuk said that Ladakh will have a unique kind of University where students will spend 75 percent of their academic session in learning things practically where students across the world expected to enroll to learn unique things. He also informed about the Hills Scholarship, worth Rs 5 lakh available for the student during upcoming summer to study at HIAL.
He also proudly mentioned that number of his Ladakhi student are camping in Switzerland to teach them to make artificial glacier Ice Stupa.
LSA president Thinles Norbo, , in his speech, mentioned that purpose of celebrating Losar was to imbibe a sense of rich culture and tradition among student staying away from their homes.
DCC president Tsering Namgyal, LSA vice president Stanzin Motup, Lobzang and Dean of PU Emanual Nahar also spoke on the occasion.
LSA members presented variety of culture programme to showcase the different regions of Ladakh. A variety of typical Ladakhi cuisines were also displayed during the celebration.