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 SAMIKSHA TANAJI CHAVAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women | Pune, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 1

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" I’m so thrilled to be a Millennium Fellow! I believe that the Fellowship is not only a lifetime opportunity but a chance to truly make a difference for a better ‘present and near future’. Collaborating with like-minded peers across the world to positively impact people’s lives is such a powerful goal and I’m so excited to be a part of it! I’m confident enough that with the skills I have and those I learn in the process are going to make me a much more socially-sensitive human and allow me to tackle issues with enhanced agility. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Agroscape

The project ‘Agroscape’ deals with landscapes interspersed with agriculture. The pandemic situation has shown the rise in concern over food security and interest in healthier diets and quality lifestyles. Thus, it has become crucial to develop ecologically sensitive urban landscapes which integrate food rather than just aesthetics. To put this concept into practice, our project "Agroscape" has focused on developing urban farms in the form of edible landscapes that can be cultivated at the home, institute, and corporate levels.

1. Under Project Agroscape, a small-scale organic farm has been set up in the college campus of ‘Dr. B.N. College of Architecture, Pune.’ Agriculture based landscape has been designed which includes plantations of vegetables such as ‘Eggplant (Solanum melongena), chillies (Capsicum frutescens), Potato (Solanum tuberosum), Curry leaves (Murraya koenigii), Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)’. This produce is readily available and is planned to be utilized for food requirements in the college canteen. In order to set this farm, site visits to Urban farms and Biophilic projects in the vicinity were conducted to gain prior knowledge.

2. To increase our outreach, awareness in community and gain insights from experts in this domain, we have successfully conducted four online webinars under our ‘Organic Farming Techniques’ series. Speakers widely focused on topics such as the Importance of Bees in farming, Urban farming and Understanding an Architect’s role in SDGs.

3. An ‘SDG day’ event was also organized to educate and create awareness among fellow students through fun activities and quizzes. It held a crucial role in team bonding, communication amongst fellows and strengthening intra-team relations.

4. The project will further focus on expanding with Hydroponics (sustainable plantation technique to optimise water usage), Vertical gardening modules and Biophilic installations (with upcycled material) campus-wide.

5. An SDG Student hub has been set up on campus to gain participation of interested students which will ensure there’s no dead end to this initiative.

6. Along with this, we have also launched an outreach program by partnering with the regional Rotaract club. Within this program, our fellow mates are coworking with the Rotaract members to set up urban farms within old age homes and orphanages.

About the Millennium Fellow

Samiksha Chavan is an Architecture undergrad who is highly passionate, disciplined, sincere and is aligned with her purpose in life. Born and brought up in Pune, she grew up watching some of the most fascinating architectural advancements in her city; but she had always wondered, why everything built around caters to the privileged in the society. This thought of reciprocating good to the under-privileged has given her the purpose and drive in life which resonates with her passion for Architecture. She has organized numerous tree-plantation and cleanliness campaigns throughout her school days and earnestly wishes to spread the cause further.