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 DEVIKA HARIKRISHNAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

National Institute of Technology Karnataka | Mangaluru, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 10

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" Being a Millennium Fellow will provide me good exposure and learning opportunities as I will get to meet and collaborate with campus directors and other Millennium Fellows. The experience from running projects that impact hundreds of people's lives will motivate me to take up future social cause projects on a bigger scale. I will become a more environmentally conscious global citizen. The training, the network, and the exposure will help me mobilize others to give back to society and work towards a safe and nourishing world. Partnering with others who have a similar vision and great ideas can further motivate me to explore areas that I have not yet explored. This opportunity will help improve my soft skills like effective communication, problem-solving, design thinking, idea generation, and team-building capabilities, and hard skills like data analysis, research, and marketing. Almost all organizations are focusing on Sustainable Development, and this fellowship will help me contribute to localizing Sustainable Development Goals and strengthen and bond communities. I am sure that the counseling and guidance from experts will empower me to take up more extensive work in the future. I will have an opportunity to interact with a global community which will help me work in tandem with a broader group in the future. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Happy Sea

The Happy Sea project aims at protecting and bringing in sustainable management of coastal ecosystems by addressing the impacts of marine pollution. Our Primary objectives for phase 1 were:
➢ Use social media to promote awareness among the locals and youngsters to galvanize community action to reduce local over-reliance on avoidable single-use plastics and follow efficient waste management techniques.
➢ Create a website for registering volunteers and for tracking progress.
➢ Reach out to volunteers from similar initiatives to get technical know-how and learn from their experience.
➢ Segregate the plastic and scrap materials collected during the beach cleanup drive and send them to a recycling unit.

About the Millennium Fellow

Devika Harikrishnan is a self-driven junior doing her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. She has actively participated in environment cleanliness initiatives right from the school level. After watching fellow citizens struggling to cope with the shocks to their social, economic, and natural systems by the ever-intensifying impacts of climate change, Devika has decided to join the fight against global climate change rather than remain a passive victim. She likes to connect with people and make them feel empowered. She possesses exceptional leadership and administrative skills.