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Army confirms huge loss to school

Ajay Sura, Times of India (TNN, Chandigarh, 7 August 2010) download article in PDF format - Army sources confirmed the huge loss to the Druk Pema Karmpo School known for its architecture and meant to educate deprived children of Ladakh region.

During the film crew's visit, Aamir Khan wrote in the school visitor book on September 15, 2008: "What a wonderful school. The kids seem very happy, and such a great location. Keep up the good work. Regards, Aamir."

The school came into limelight after '3 Idiots' hero Rancho disappeared and was tracked down by his former classmates in Ladakh. They found that it was here that all his dreams and inventions were being brought to life.

A film crew of about 130 people had descended on the school for a three-day shoot. They auditioned the students, selected a couple of boys for small roles and a alarge group to take part in the crowd scene when the stars arrived at the school. Inspired by the vision of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual leader of Ladakh, the school aimed to provide a modern education for Ladakhi children - an education grounded in their own culture and which could prepare them to lead happy and productive lives.

The school was started at the request of the people of Ladakh who wanted an institution that would help maintain their rich cultural traditions, based on Tibetan Buddhism, while equipping their children for a life in the 21st century.

Residential blocks allow children from Ladakh's remote areas to attend and a programme of sponsorship ensures that the poorest are not excluded. It is managed by the Druk Pema Karpo Educational Society and funded by international aid.