In Ladakh, the situation is even worse. There are no functional universities in the region. As a result, there is a mass exodus of youth to cities like Jammu and Chandigarh. Where they live like educational refugees learn very little that is of relevance to their lives and return as misfits for the mountain environment.
With the the blessings and support of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpochey, one of the top spritual leaders in Tibetan Buddhism, SECMOL, the Student’s Educational and Cultural Movement Of Ladakh proposes to start an alternative university for mountain development.
The government of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council Leh have supported the concept by earmarking 200 acres of land on the Phyang desert.
And the desert is already starting to become green using the famous Ice Stupa artificial glacier technique.
Hi, I am Sonam Wangchuk from Ladakh, a beautiful trans-Himalayan mountain desert on the Tibetan plateau, in the extreme north of India. I am a mechanical engineer by training, but have mostly worked in education reforms in my region for the last 25 years. This included setting up the SECMOL Alternative School well known for its innovative solutions to the region's educational and environmental problems.