The real-life Phunsukh Wangdu from the movie 3 Idiots, Sonam Wangchuk, did not hit popularity for his on-screen reference, but for his contribution in the field of education and innovation in reality. The Ladakhi engineer, educationist, and innovator, recently shared a post on Facebook lauding Airtel’s network efforts in the region of Ladakh which helped Wangchuk conduct the first-ever live seminar.
In his Facebook post, Wangchuk wrote, “I want to thank Airtel 4G for making this a reality in Ladakh.” In the seminar, which was broadcast live to 250 students sitting in Chandigarh, Wangchuk talked about the digital revolution in the region, while cautioning the young about the ‘double-edged sword’.
The session for Chandigarh students went smoothly with only “minor glitches”. Wangchuk conducted the second session on the same day with students sitting in Nagpur. With the onset of the digital revolution, Wangchuk will be conducting a Facebook Live session tonight at 9PM where he will be discussing the pros and cons of internet in Ladakh.
As India progresses towards the 5G revolution, it is significant to witness growth in regions which are labeled inaccessible for such infrastructure. Figures like Wangchuk aid into bringing awareness and help build the infrastructure to truly break the communication barriers in difficult regions.
While celebrating the digital revolution brought in by the 4G network, Wangchuk told the young group of students the possible problems that the Ladakhi society may see if the internet is not handled well. “Internet is a double-edged sword and it can harm us as much as it can help us… if we are not careful,” Wangchuk wrote.