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A unique university in Ladakh that aims to empower locals

DNDEL1072 | 12/4/2016 | Author : Jiby Kattakayam | WC :619


In 1988, the year Sonam Wangchuk set up the Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), 95 per cent of Ladakhi students failed the Class 10 exams. Wangchuk was convinced that the high failure rate signified the failure of the system, and not the students. Twenty two years later, thanks to SECMOL’s efforts to retrain teachers, form village education committees and design new textbooks and learning systems to suit the needs of Ladakhis, the pass percentage had gone up to 75 per cent. No wonder Wangchuk is today regarded as one of India’s foremost technological and educational innovators.
But now Wangchuk is on to his next project, a unique venture called the Ladakh Alternative University. Mountain development will be
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