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 ROHAN CHOPRA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Ashoka University | Sonipat, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5

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" I am extremely excited to work as a Millennium Fellow to implement the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. This is an incredible opportunity to interact with changemakers from across the world and learn best practices to boost our social impact. I am certain that interacting with student leaders hailing from diverse backgrounds would constitute a brilliant experience. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Nivritti Education

Nivritti Education is a project to decolonise school-level education in India. The textbooks in their current forms are unrepresentative and unrelatable to Indian students. For example, most chapters in the English textbooks are by European or American authors. At the same time, political theory and sociology are highly Eurocentric. This limits the extent to which students can relate to their curriculum, reduces their ability to engage in critical thinking and impacts their self-esteem (since they feel that real intellectual work happens in the West, not India).

At Nivritti, we aim to resolve these issues by critically linking our education to colonialism. We pursue these goals through workshops and toolkits, wherein we raise awareness about the continued impacts of our history and culture on day-to-day activities. Through our workshops, we aim to give students an introductory understanding of the critical thinking skills that decolonising education must entail. Our toolkits are meant to accompany the workshops, such that after learning about the basics of "decolonising education", the students (and teachers) can glance through the chapter-wise toolkits of different disciplines (such as political science, history, sociology and English). In this way, we apply the more theoretical imperatives to what the students will finally study, making it more relevant for them.

We have also expanded our project to include a podcast, where we look at modern-day politics through an anti-colonial lens. We focus on themes of race, feminism, intersectionality and religion, and how they continue to be influenced by colonialism. This brings a personal dimension to much larger political or theoretical concepts, making these ideas more relevant and relatable to most people.

About the Millennium Fellow

Rohan Chopra is a student of politics, history and international relations at Ashoka University. As someone born and raised in Delhi, he is deeply invested in cultural fluidity and wants to learn about its influence on Indians today. Through initiatives such as Nivritti and his podcast, The Colonial Line, he wishes to recentre the vitality of colonialism in understanding modern society and its problems.