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 SAMARTH WAGH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" I would very much like a UN Millennium Fellowship because I have participated in a similar program in the past and found it personally rewarding and professionally fulfilling. The fellowship would allow me to use the resources, mentorship, a global network of like-minded youth, and the collective effort of my peers to collaborate, lead, learn and contribute to creating effective and long-lasting impact. Being associated with the United Nations greatly increases the legitimacy of our efforts. It will help us network and create long-lasting collaborations and partnerships with prominent stakeholders which will greatly aid our project and help create a robust climate collective system on campus that will continue to generate positive impact locally and globally, even after us individual members graduate from campus. "

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

Samarth Wagh is a final year student studying at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is a hard-working student with an intense desire to over-achieve. He never stops at the limits of a textbook and spends most of his spare time exploring other different things as well. He is passionate about doing something for the society and helping people in Need. He also likes to read books and listen to music.