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 SHREY KALPESHKUMAR PATEL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will empower me and help me amplify all the necessary skills to contribute and create a social impact in a very profound way. The learnings will provide me with a better experience and vision for all my upcoming social projects that I take up. This wonderful opportunity will also expose me to all the good work that people worldwide are passionately doing, everyone with the same goal of making the world a better place. I am really excited to be a part of the global network of change-makers, which will keep me fully motivated and inspired to make the social impact dream a reality. "

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

Shrey Kalpeshkumar Patel is a bright and dynamic student pursuing a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is deeply passionate about improving the youth's mental health, for youth is at the heart of our civilisation. He firmly believes that improved mental health would not only boost the overall happiness amongst the youth but will also increase the productivity of our society as a whole.
Apart from his passion for creating social impact, he enjoys playing basketball, travelling, meditation, music, reading books, and finds philosophy interesting. He believes in the philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” and dreams to help make the world a better place.