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 AKSHAYA RADHAKRISHNAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras | Chennai, India | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 3

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" I strongly believe that this fellowship will provide me with the platform to connect with leaders of tomorrow and equip me with the skill sets that would help me better understand the path to be taken towards my goal of improving the lives of schoolchildren diagnosed with learning disabilities. The fellowship would provide me with an amazing opportunity to meet young minds from different parts of the world, who solved real-life problems, listen to them and learn from them. It would also provide me with credibility that would be of immense help when I'm reaching out to NGOs for collaboration. And most importantly, it would be an absolute privilege to be a UN Millennium Fellow and bring a smile to the faces of many people and making an impact in their lives. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Amara

Young girls often drop out of school before completing their education due to a lack of proper washroom facilities and intolerable sanitary conditions. To solve this problem, one of our team members has designed a sanitary pad that is antibacterial, longer-lasting, re-usable, and more sustainable than the ones currently available in the market. The salient features of this design are achieved by property of its structure alone, without the use of harmful chemicals. While the prototype is being developed, we simultaneously worked to launch a social media campaign to draw awareness to the product, as well as increase awareness about topics like menstrual health, hygiene, and women's education. We also conducted seminars at schools across Tamil Nadu, with a focus on Chennai, to educate young girls on these issues, as well as answer any questions they might have. Once the product is ready, we will collaborate with governmental or non-profit organisations to distribute the pads to school children. We are aiming to work with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, as the sanitary pad design is a sustainable alternative to existing models, which contributes to the Clean India Mission. We believe that these measures would influence young girls to remain in school.

About the Millennium Fellow

Akshaya Radhakrishnan is a young, aspiring chemical engineer who loves to pursue her dreams and ideas. She believes that great ideas evolve from strong dreams, strong dreams evolve from endless passion and no idea becomes a success without sincere efforts. She loves to work diligently towards the goal of using present-day technology for the goodness and wellness of society. The ideology of little by little, a little becomes a lot makes her work to utilise her potential to the greatest extent to implement optimistic ideas for the social goodness