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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SOUMYA PATTNAIK, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai Indian Oil Odisha Campus | Bhubaneswar, India | Advancing SDG 8 & UNAI 2
" Your life has got no value if you haven't utilized what you have learned. Education does not imply the training of the mind; rather, it is the tool that justifies your identity. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will provide me with knowledge and empathy. The skills I'll gain from the Millennium Fellowship will enhance my perception and proficiency, and make me a better version of myself. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: I=E^2+R
“If you are planning for year, sow rice; If you are planning for decade, plant trees; If you are planning for lifetime, educate people.” As per the 2011 Census, India’s literacy stands at 75% and that's quite sluggish when compared to other countries that got Independence in similar era. Odisha, a state in Eastern India had its rate below the national average and this is just a small part of the bigger picture. Future starts with the learning of alphabet; Such low literacy figures call for immediate action. Our project aims to help rural communities that host skilled and talented indigenous masses who are yet to see best of the world. And this starts with connecting people from remote parts via digital meetings with Panchayats and local leadership (and in-person when situations permit). Students in villages aren’t able to decide their field of study owing to lack of guidance. Few sessions every month will help them realize their inner potentials to march ahead for secured future through education. Another wing of our project will help deprived people to lead righteous life by eliminating issues of hunger, poverty and sanitation as Equality and Rights are equally essential along with Education.
About the Millennium Fellow
Soumya Pattnaik is an ambitious, young chemical engineering student at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. She was born in the state of Odisha, India. Since childhood, she has been fascinated by the diverse Indian culture and transforming human civilization. However, she has also been exposed to poverty and inequality, and the uneven development of a developing country, so far as the indigenous society is concerned. the reason being unexploited resources that, most of the people of the said society are suffering from hunger and poverty. Soumya is strongly motivated to work for the upliftment of the indigenous people and help provide a platform at the global level for the recognition of their skills with the motive being the establishment of equality. She firmly believes that the integration of culture and education can result in judicious utilization of both natural and human resources.