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 GANESH DILEEP, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
IIT Madras | Chennai, India | Advancing SDG 7 & UNAI 2
" I believe in the philosophy of Global Citizenship or Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, that the problems we face today are ones we face together, and can only be solved together. The fellowship reflects that same spirit - inspired students from all over the world working together for a better tomorrow. I am excited to learn from my peers, their stories, and leadership; share my experiences, and dream together. We truly are the inheritors of the Earth, a few of its champions, and this is our shot to contribute a verse. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Campus Climate Coalition
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, the premier technical university of India, like most universities and colleges in India does not have a dedicated Climate Studies Center. As a part of the vulnerable world and one of its fastest developing nations, it is extremely crucial for Indian universities to facilitate inter- and multidisciplinary research in the broad domain of climate change. Campus Climate Coalition (CCC) aims to address this pertinent issue. Thus, this project aim is to build the capacity of Indian universities, starting with IIT, to incentivize, collectivize, and stimulate academic research in the domain of climate change studies across disciplines.
To this end, the Fellows will be conceptualizing and establishing a dedicated Climate Studies Center at the IIT Madras campus. The Fellows will work to build organizational structures as well as online and offline infrastructure to facilitate networking and the sharing of ideas and research within and between its various departments in the engineering, science, humanities, and business schools. They will conduct outreach and networking events, fundraisers, and a seminar; involving scholars, professors, industry and community leaders, international and national governmental and non-governmental organizations, under the aegis of the center. As part of the center's outreach, they will also try to engage with the 3000+ children in the 3 schools on campus to encourage these children to be interested in climate change and environmental studies.
We hope that going forward, guest scholars of such events would then strive to emulate these models in their respective institutions. They would then have our support and guidance.
About the Millennium Fellow
Ganesh Dileep is a pansexual climate justice activist and academic who runs the student organization - Campus Climate Coalition. He comes from a coastal town that had weathered a massive tsunami in 2004 and lives in a city harrowed by recurrent floods and droughts. Driven by the urge to protect our common future and the most vulnerable, Ganesh has worked in various leadership positions with several organizations, including the UNESCO-APCEIU and the Ministry of External Affairs (India). As an academic interested in multilateral climate policy, he is currently studying the possibilities of peace and multilateral governance in the vulnerable Himalayas-Hindukush region.