Ladakh Ignited Minds Project

The Indian Army recently initiated the Ladakh Ignited Mines Project to provide educational opportunities for the Ladakhi students.

About the project

  • The project aims to provide better future for the Ladakhi youths.
  • The Indian Army has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement the project. The MoU has been signed with HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) and a Kanpur based NGO called the National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation.
  • The MoU was signed in Leh.
  • The project will train forty-five students from Kargil and Leh districts. It will train twenty girls.
  • The project will train the students for JEE and NEET entrance examinations.

Recent Developments in Ladakh

  • UPSC recently added Leh as its exam centre.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is to set up its first Geothermal Power project in Ladakh.

About the Geo Thermal Project

  • In the first phase, ONGC will drill up to 500 metres to tap hot sulphur and steam that spews out of the geysers.
  • In the second phase, drilling will be done deeper to explore the potential of the reservoir.
  • In the third phase, a commercial plant will be set up. The estimated power capacity of the plant is 250 MW.

Importance of Ladakh

  • Ladakh produces abundant natural resources with annual solar radiation greater than the other areas of India with high insolation.
  • It is popularly known as Lama Land or Little Tibet. It has numerous tourism opportunities at an altitude of 9,000 feet and 25,170 feet. Also, it has several monasteries.
  • The presence of abundant resources in Ladakh is what makes India, Pakistan and China fight over Ladakh.

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