Leh engineer who inspired Aamir Khan's role in'3 Idiots' bags an award
- Sonam Wangchuk, a 50-year-old Ladakhi engineer, has been attempting to solve the problem of lack of water for agriculture in the desert landscapes
Remember, Aamir Khan's Phunsukh Wangdu character, who used to do many science experiments in the 2009 blockbuster 3 Idiots- now Sonam Wangchuk, the inspiration behind the role, has bagged the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016. The awards were presented on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Sonam Wangchuk, a 50-year-old Ladakhi engineer, has been attempting to solve the problem of lack of water for agriculture in the desert landscapes of the Western Himalayas by building “Ice Stupas”.
In a statement given to the media, Wangchuk said, "The Rolex Award funds will support the project and promote ice stupas as a climate-change adaptation and desert-greening technique.”
Sonam’s Ice Stupas project is among the five winners this year at the awards.