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 SHATAKSHI SARANGI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Education has always been an integral part of my life, and having personally seen it change countless lives, I believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn to the fullest. The Millennium Fellowship provides me with the necessary platform to further our cause and reach out to those facing hurdles to a more significant extent. I believe this opportunity to make a difference on a scale of this magnitude does not come easy, and I aspire to use it to make as much of an impact as possible. "

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

Shatakshi Sarangi is a motivated and perceptive junior undergraduate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras, deeply passionate about reading, basketball and cryptic crosswords. Throughout her school life, Shatakshi has actively held various leadership roles and worked towards the betterment of society. In college, she has played an integral role in the empowerment of women by means of providing educational and career opportunities as a Social Endeavour Coordinator at Shaastra, IIT Madras. Armed with her creativity and technical expertise, Shatakshi aspires to improve the educational sector and create a more inclusive space for all.