The National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi, in collaboration with Cambridge University, United Kingdom and Living Science (a voluntary students’ organization) has organized an interactive meeting of students and scientists with Mr. Sonum Wangchuk, a Ladakhi engineer, innovator and education reformist on 6th April, 2018. This institutional outreach event gathered more than 400 students, researchers and faculty from various schools, colleges, research organizations and universities in National Capital Region.
Mr. Wangchuk is the founding-director of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL 1988), instrumental in enabling collaboration of government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in education.
Mr. Wangchuk then delivered a lecture for science students on the need to pursue research goals that lead to a sustainable future for all beings on earth. As the founder member of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives (HIAL), he also discussed his invention of “Ice Stupa” technique, designed to meet the challenge of water shortage for agriculture in Ladakh. He emphasized the need for finding simple solutions for locally relevant problems. He explained how his team could find solutions for water shortage in Ladakh by retaining ice for a longer duration by minimizing the surface exposed to sunlight by employing school level trigonometric concept.
After the talk, Mr. Wangchuk had an interaction with students and faculty from NIPGR, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), National Institute of Immunology (NII), International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), IIT Delhi, etc. as well as officials from Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
Living Science is a science outreach initiative started by ICGEB, New Delhi, where Ph.D. students conduct interactive sessions on relevant topics with academicians and innovators.