Sonam Wangchuk is an Indian engineer, innovator, and education reformist who hails from Ladakh. He is the founding director of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SEMCOL), which was founded in 1988 by a group of students. Wangchu also inspired the character of “Phunsuk Wangdu” in the 2009 Bollywood film “3 Idiots.”
He has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ensuring the safety and protection of Ladakh as studies suggested the extinction of nearly two-third of glaciers in the Union Territory. Speaking to the media, he stressed that if carelessness continued and Ladakh refrained from being provided protection from the industries, the glaciers in the region would become extinct, thereby creating enormous problems due to water scarcity in India and its neighborhood.