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 ARDRA MOHAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Govt. Model Engineering College | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9

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" I've always wanted to work for climate justice and contribute towards making our society more sustainable and greener for a better tomorrow. Being a Millennium Fellow will help me delve deep into the issue of plastic and work efficiently with my team to tackle the plastic problem and bring about a change in our society. I'm really excited to work for the cause through Millennium and hope to bring about a positive change. Everyone is capable of doing their part to help heal Earth, we simply need to put our mind and dedication into it. The climate movement needs everyone it can get and I want to be a part of it too! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Rewind Plastic

Plastic disposal has always been a challenge for mankind. Due to the colossal quantity of non-degradable plastic on earth, it is impossible to completely evade plastic. So the only practical solution is to recycle plastic. To propagate this idea, we are in the initial implementation phase of the project which on completion will be the first on-campus plastic recycling unit in Kerala, India. The plastic collection will occur from within the college as well as the surroundings. This will be sent to the collection point of the unit and sorted. We are currently focusing on building 3 basic machines:
1. Shredder: The Shredder whacks plastic items into small flakes.
2. Extrusion: Extrusion is a continuous process where plastic flakes are inserted into the hopper and extruded into a line of plastic. Could be moulded into products.
3. Sheetpress: The Sheetpress presses shredded plastic into recycled sheets using a hydraulic press, recycling around 20 kg of plastic per sheet.

As the quote says “Baby steps lead to giant strides”, we believe this initiative from our part could inspire more people, especially students, to reflect upon their social responsibility and collectively make the earth a better place to live.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ardra Mohan is a 3rd year engineering student, currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering. She’s always been interested in socially relevant issues and has expressed her desire to work for the same. She lives by the quote “Cherish your yesterdays, dream your tomorrows and live your todays”. She’s also the Chairperson of the nature club of her college and conducts events to spread awareness regarding environmental issues. She exhibits a positive outlook, actively participates, and helps with events on her campus. She’s very passionate about working for climate justice. She believes in change and does her part for the betterment of society.