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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT PRANTIKA DUTTA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences | Kolkata, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 6
" To be conscious of the fact that the project that I am working on today has the potential to create ripples till tomorrow is what makes me the most excited to be a Millennium Fellow. I will have the privilege to share my ideas with the extraordinary alumni network of this Fellowship, and I will also have the prerogative to be guided by them. On top of it, the prospect of being among a cohort of like-minded young leaders who aspire to build a better world one 'Project' at a time is a source of inspiration for me. Besides, a fellowship that "convenes, challenges and celebrates student leadership" is just the place I want to be in.
The thought that we can create something which is less transient than ourselves is what moves me the most. This is one of the reasons why I love painting so much. It amazes and moves me to think that my work of art has the ability to create ripples of different thoughts across time long after I will be gone. The work we do is the intransient extension of us, transient beings. The whole process of making an abstract vision come alive in the real world through my sweat and effort is what stimulates me to do my work towards a project, and this is the underlying reason behind doing the work that I do. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Sex Education for All (SEFA)
Sex Education For All (SEFA): which focuses on UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education in close alignment with the United Nations Academic Impact: Principle 6 furthering a commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education. We have reached out to adolescents from 9-12th standard in High Schools across India, equipping them with sex education and legal requisites that a child their age should be aware of. From understanding consent, to having the tools to deal with cyber harassment, or making benefits of the mental health act, SEFA aspires to inspire as many students as possible. With as many as 30 people from NUJS on board, Tushmi Udyalak as the Founder, Sushovan Patnaik as the co-founder are also heading the cohort as campus ambassadors of NUJS. We aim to equip the young adults at NUJS with social impact leadership training and skills as provided by UN MCN and UNAI. Social media harassment (IT Act and other related statutes), grooming (minors + consent), IPC Provisions (Outrage of Modesty, Voyeurism, etc.), POCSO and Sex Education topics like STI, pregnancy test, birth control etc have been covered via a Primer by us law-students in this project.
About the Millennium Fellow
Prantika Dutta is a bright second-year law student at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in India. She is deeply passionate about the causes of social justice, and is a strong advocate for quality education for all. She views this Millennium Fellowship as an opportunity to work towards the development of UN Sustainable Development Goals. In her free time, Prantika likes to indulge her creative pursuits and bake desserts for her loved ones.