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 GAYATRI SANTOSH BAGMAR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Delhi | New Delhi, India | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1

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" Making the world a better place. We have often heard of this saying, right? But rarely do we put in any effort or contribute something for the betterment of our surroundings. That's exactly what I wanted to do. I knew it would be difficult, I knew it would have its own set of challenges. Anyways, when has anything of considerable importance been easy?
Growing up in the rural areas of Maharashtra, I have witnessed the sheer plight of the so-called backbone of our country, our farmers. I have seen families getting shattered, or going hungry for days without an end. And this must end!
Awareness is empowerment, and empowerment is the only way out. Millennium Fellowship is providing me with a platform to make that one impossible thing possible. I will be forever grateful to be one of the driving forces of this mission. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Awahaan

Around 80% of the farmers in India are marginal or small farmers who own less than 1-2 hectares of land. The agricultural sector supports 60% of the employment in the country but contributes only 17% to the GDP. In the year 2017 and 2018, figures showed that on an average, 10 farmers commit suicide in India every day. And of course, there's the state who manipulates the data to look better, so these mostly aren't the real figures. While you are sitting in your room reading this, there's someone out there who's unable to decide - To live, or to die?
It addresses the number one Sustainable Development Goals of 'No Poverty'. It aims to enlighten and empower the farmers of the country, and train them, so that they don't fall prey to exploitation.

About the Millennium Fellow

Gayatri Bagmar is a third-year undergraduate student of Philosophy at University of Delhi. She firmly believes that humility is the base and foundation of all virtues. She's a team player, and inspires trust and authenticity. Striving to build a movement to bridge the rural-urban gap, thereby reviving the grassroots development machinery and benefitting marginalized communities has always been her no. 1 motto.