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 AMRITHA D, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras | Chennai, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 2

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" Prestigious, Innovative, philanthropic, relevant and impactful opportunity which can definitely kindle my passion and skill. Being part of the Millennium Fellowship, I can enhance my leadership quality, communication, and negotiation. The skills I will gain from the Millennium Fellowship can make a large impact on people and their mental health. I am excited to increase my social responsibility and empathy by addressing people’s mental health concerns. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: IITM Mental Wellness Network

IITM Mental Wellness Network is a grassroots level endeavour aimed at raising mental health support systems within the student community. We will work within the IIT Madras campus and with underprivileged students from around the city of Chennai. We planned to mobilize students into tightly-knit support groups at the intra- and inter-departmental levels so that their mental health issues can be voiced in safe spaces. We will also work towards normalizing conversations surrounding mental health and conduct campus-wide data collection drives to cater to the specific needs of students. More importantly, we shall engage in a conversation with campus administration and other stakeholders to introduce a formal mental health infrastructure as part of the healthcare facilities available to students on campus, both in terms of counselling as well as medical attention. Simultaneously, we aim to interact with school students and introduce them to issues regarding 'Mental Health' potentially helping form an inter-university mental health support system that connects major campuses in South India. IITM Mental Wellness Network ultimately wishes to constitute a dynamic network that evolves with changing needs and times, in ways that understand connections between mental health and other spheres of life, such as educational quality, or gender equality.

About the Millennium Fellow

Amritha D is a very passionate, young, globally competitive, skilful and hardworking Integrated M.A in development studies student at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She was born in Palakkad, a small town in Kerala and resides in Malappuram which is not so far from her birth place. She is a person who aspires to reach greater heights, to be a global citizen who care for the people and their concerns. She loves to build a sustainable world where development is experienced in all spheres. From her teenage itself she was passionate about women rights, children’s education and mental health. She envisions her college life as an opportunity to impact many lives through her extraordinary works and tremendous leadership. In future Amritha aspires to be a diplomat and work with UNICEF addressing the problems faced by children all over the world.