CEC, LAHDC, Leh Dr Sonam Dawa during the programme at New Delhi.
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LEH: To thank contributors who supported Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL) and to invite other people to help meet the crowd-funding target of Rs 7 crore on Milaap by this January 26, a thankgiving event was organized at Indian Habitat Center New Delhi by HIAL.
The event was presided over by CEC, LAHDC, Leh Dr Sonam Dawa and was attended by contributors and many media representatives.
“The HIAL crowd-funding campaign was kicked off on November 25, 2017, by the then Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar with the blessings of His Holiness Skyabgon Chetsang Rinpochey,” said Innovator and HIAL Founder Sonam Wangchuk.
On the launch of the crowd-funding, Wangchuk had announced to contribute the award money of roughly Rs 1 crore that he received from Rolex to set up the International University in Ladakh dedicated to the people of the mountains where youth from different Himalayan and other countries will be engaged in R&D (Research and Development) to find solutions to the challenges faced by mountain people, especially in fields like education, culture and environment (climate change).
“This is an important milestone as HIAL team prepares to ensure on-ground implementation of the project. We are already preparing to start the first batch of Diploma in Integrated Mountain Development in the coming summer. Recruitment for key positions will start by March this year. You may remember that trial runs of short international courses have already been conducted successfully last summer,” Sonam Wangchuk informed. He added that of the roughly Rs 14 crore needed for this first school, Rs 7 crore will come from corporate CSR.
“We want to raise the first Rs 7 crore through crowd-funding contributions from the common people. It is their small contribution that makes it a truly people’s university. For example school students in Delhi lead by an 8th Grader Arjun Rajavat of Ridge Valley School raised Rs 1 lakh and students in Mumbai lead by Divyansh Agrawal of Singapore International School raised Rs 2 lakh,” Wangchuk said.
So far nearly 70 per cent of Rs 7 crore target is already raised and HIAL has to now raise roughly Rs 2 crore more in the next two weeks till January 26, Wangchuk said and hoped that the concept of the Next Learning Revolution comes out with flying colours on this Republic Day of India.
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