ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ABHISHEK NAYAK, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Ashoka University | Sonipat, India | Advancing SDG 7 & UNAI 9

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" My social initiative - Rasoyi-seva - is born out of a belief that fuels my passion and never makes me feel tired of working for it. The initiative run by me entails working with like-minded people who believe in the idea as much as I do. The Millennium Fellowship will enhance my understanding and equip me with the skills to manage these people efficiently, work more systematically, and grow sustainable impact perpetually. I’m excited to learn, make an impact, and join the network of worldwide leaders. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Rasoyiseva

In my community, a widely preferred way of cooking is through traditional cooking stoves (‘Chulha’). Every house-woman faces vision and respiratory problems due to smoke. I challenged myself to come up with a sustainable solution that protects women from life-threatening health problems. I introduced induction cooktops and gas stoves, better alternatives to chulha, to households in marginalised communities through my project, Rasoyi-seva. I plan to conduct a sensitization program about the health implications of the continuous use of firewood and enlighten local women on the many benefits of the use of induction cooktops in their various households. It is crucial to stop cooking on ‘Chulhas’. Even for LPG (Liquified-Petroleum-Gas) users, I would recommend them to use Induction cooktops considering that they not only speed up the cooking process, help in cutting down the expenditure but also facilitate convenience. The use of Induction cooktops is highly beneficial: they are affordable, environmentally friendly, and faster compared to firewoods and LPG. I have a team of young committed volunteers who are passionate about development and community engagement. Our goal is to make induction cooktops accessible to at least 4500, in each quarter of the year, local women in marginalised communities in India, thereby reducing the high rate of health complications leading to premature death.

About the Millennium Fellow

Abhishek Nayak is an Economics undergraduate student at Ashoka University, India. He not only advocates for social welfare and wellness but also possesses a spark of interest in learning about the growing socio-economic disparity of the world. Concurrently, coming up with strategic plans to solve these emerging and existing stringent issues always strikes a chord with him. His indomitable love for doing social work, analyzing data, and using the acuity of the entrepreneurial mindset keeps pushing him to achieve more.