ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SOWMYA VAIDYANATHAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Ashoka University | Haryana, India | Advancing SDG 15 & UNAI 9

" I've always been interested in the relationship between mythology and the natural world, and I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because of the opportunity it gives me to use this interest to create meaningful change. I am also excited and honoured to learn and grow from this talented and diverse network of student leaders from all across the globe. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Mythical Trees Project

The natural world plays an important role in Indian mythology and folklore, with plant species acting as a home for spirits, having magical medicinal properties, and so on. Keeping this in mind, the Mythical Trees Project is an online database of native flora in India that seeks to provide this information in an accessible and interactive way, as the database will connect each plant species mentioned to a myth, folklore, legend, or historical story it is connected to. The idea is to spread awareness about these native specie through the medium of popular stories and Indian history and mythology.
The goal of this project is to have a functioning website and social media pages, with a list of over 200 plant species mentioned.

About the Millennium Fellow

Sowmya Vaidyanathan is a rising third year student at Ashoka University, studying Literature and Sociology. She is interested in the way stories, folklore and myths intersect with the natural environment, and how this intersection can lead to awareness and change.

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