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 NEHA ANAND, 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 aspire to add value to every moment of truth. The Millennium Fellowship - leadership development program allows me to broaden my competence holistically and encourages me to engage in meaningful and impactful interactions. "

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

Neha Anand is a pre-final year, B.Tech, Chemical Engineering undergraduate at IIT Madras. Resonating with W. E. Deming: “In God we trust. All others must bring data,” she loves to engage in domains that help her develop a keen appreciation for the 5 V’s of data. She actively seeks to learn from applications that enhance the efficiency of objective decision-making and strategising.

Outside of academics, Neha also dabbles in occasional poetry and art - some of which see the light of day on her personal blog site.