ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows.
During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT HARINARAYANAN SHAJI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
Govt. Model Engineering College | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 17 & UNAI 8
" I am looking forward to work with the Millennium Campus Network and UNAI to promote knowledge of the United Nations among the people of Kochi.
People are too preoccupied in their daily lives to see that their problems are shared by a huge number of people around them. This century is supposed to be a time of understanding and peace. It's up to us to look past our differences and move towards a better future through discussion and debate. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: MEC Model United Nations Society
Model Engineering College Model United Nations Society (MEC MUNSoc) started as a group of individuals who delegate at Model United Nations conferences. It was spurred by a feeling that we were not doing enough. Putting forward solutions, raising awareness and debating with intelligent, opinionated people only got us so far. MEC MUNSoc has evolved from a simple college club to an organisation that handles all the social initiatives in our college. We also incubate social impact startups that many students propose in college. Every year, we see lots of solutions being put forward by engineering students, whether it’s an improved drip irrigation system, an app to find missing persons to be used by law enforcement officers or flood relief applications. Hackathons and Paper Presentation competitions bring up a lot of innovative ideas that never make it past the prototyping phase. MEC MUNSoc intends to play the middleman in getting these ideas to potential sponsors and giving them the attention they deserve.
As part of the Millennium Fellowship, the Society had initially planned a few activities, but the project was not intended to be exhaustive with just those activities. We have far surpassed our estimated audience and we don’t intend to stop our project with this. In the coming months we are trying our best to reach out to a wider audience on a larger variety of issues.
The most important and signature activity was MEC Model UN held on October 5 and 6. It saw participants from all over India, both from school and college. The topics of discussion included Article 370 and Indian politics, Improving the conditions of refugees across the globe, and International weapon trafficking. The project reached over a target audience of 150 people.
Another highy significant project initiative was the blog for MEC MUN Society named “MUNner’s Daily” on Medium. (REF- ). The Campus Director, Jairam personally looks after this initiative and is the editor in chief. The sub-editor is Hari. This project documents all the informative materials and also provides awareness on different socio-political issues, with an expected reach of 3000 people in this semester. This project was far successful in surpassing the initial intended target, and now it has reached to around 5000 views.
Niranjana held a seminar at school in Calicut, where she taught basics of Open source software and various online competitions like HacktoberFest. The reach of the project was 100.
Noel, had made a special effort to use Telegram, a new emerging application to digitise notes and study materials for engineering students. He wishes to handover the notes of this year to upcoming batches as well. Estimated reach- 300.
Rahul Ramachandran, took special interest in starting a Pinterest account and Telegram Channel for MEC MUN Society. (REF- ) Through this channel we intend to increase our online awareness and increase our reach to a wider audience. Estimated reach- 200. With his interest he has also started sharing the blogs for UPSC and IAS preparation (Indian Civil Services) groups on telegram.
Vivek, who is also a social media and video editing enthusiast, had started a Youtube channel for the society. Through this, we will give information in capsuled format to youth. ( REF- ). Giridhar, through Vivek’s idea is taking an initiative to interview pro-MUNNers in the circuit and also prominent social influencers and politicians to help people achieve the change they want.
MEC MUNSoc had worked with NSS to hold a special seminar on the topic “Integrity a way of life”, intended to fight corruption. This seminar was covered by Online Manorama, one of the largest news houses in India (REF- ). Target affected- 150 people.
Two of the Millennium Fellows- Hari and Aswin, from our college have been serving as chairpersons of Model UN conferences in the state of Kerala, discussing issues of significance such as Improving the Outer Space Treaty, Youth Peace and Security and the National Policy on Education. The conferences targeted school students of the age (12 to 17). The target audience of this project was 100, but the effect of these conferences extended further as it instilled in them a drive to for more discussions and learn more about the UN.
About the Millennium Fellow
Harinarayanan Shaji is a junior at Govt. Model Engineering College (MEC) studying Computer Science and Engineering. He is currently serving as Vice President of MEC's Model United Nations Society (MUNSoc) and Editor of MUNner's Daily, the MUNSoc's blog.
Hari is an avid follower of world politics and international issues. He has served as Executive Board member for MUN conferences and also won prizes as a delegate. Digital Marketing and Graphic Design are his top skills, making him an invaluable addition to any social media team.
Moreover, he has previously worked as a Content Creator for Uddeshya India, an organisation that aims to encourage, equip and empower youth.