The character of ‘Phunsukh Wangdu’ played by Aamir khan in the movie ‘3 Idiots’ was not just a character in the movie. Actually, it was characterized from a real-life inspirational engineer from Leh named, Sonam Wangchuk. The man is the brainchild behind many scientific innovations and is known to be resolute.


In an attainment of global recognition, Sonam has bagged the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016 for his project, ‘Ice Stupas’. The awards were presented on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The laureates are considered to be part of a coveted corporate philanthropic program that supports inspiring individuals who carry out innovative projects that advance human knowledge or well-being.


This Ladakhi engineer Sonam Wangchuk was awarded for his ingenious solution to freeze glacial melt-water into towering conical mounds resembling Tibetan religious stupas. These ice stupas behave like mini-glaciers, slowly releasing irrigation water for the growing season which will solve the problem of lack of water for agriculture in the desert landscapes of the western Himalayas.


With his Rolex Award funds he intends to create up to 20 ice stupas, each 30 metres high, and initiate a substantial tree-planting programme on the desert near their school once the new water supply system is established.

The Indian Feed congratulates Mr. Sonam  Wangchuk for being recognized internationally for his work towards the betterment of humanity.

We are in dire need of such enthusiastic personality who can solve problems of our society with their unmatched talent and innovative ideas.

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