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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.



Punjab Engineering College | Chandigarh, India | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1


" I consider myself fortunate that I am selected for the Millennium Fellowship and I will be very happy if I can contribute to eradicating poverty and achieve the SDG of "leaving no one behind".I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow since it will
provide me recognition as well as confidence in executing my project. I will be able to interact with various students across the world, will be able to exchange ideas and I believe the expert's suggestion or feedback will surely help me in improving my project. I will get more knowledge about various topics and will learn various other ways in which I can make maximum impact on the lives of people. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Nayi Shuruaat (New Beginning)

The main aim of my project was that I will get more knowledge about the topic of Poverty and will learn various other ways in which I can make maximum impact on the lives of people in poverty.

Ø The first aim of my project was to collect statistics and required information for my project for which I referred to government reports and took help from various NGOs and other organizations working for this cause in Chandigarh. I also made a Google form to collect information from various students of my college PEC, Chandigarh regarding people living in poverty to estimate the number of people suffering from poverty.
Ø Forming a group of people mostly students who are in college who will work as volunteers. Chandigarh has been divided into Sectors so these volunteers will represent the sector in which they are residing. They will help in collecting information about people living in poverty in their area and what are their needs, their problems are and will help them by providing necessary support.

Ø Developing an app called "Madadgar" which means Helper - so this app will act as a platform for those people who want to help the people in poverty but don't know how to proceed. Through this app, the people can contribute various types of resources such as by offering food, by giving used gadgets, by helping them in teaching skills which will help them in getting jobs, etc. All these service options will be available on the app and people can choose the sector in which they live, the kind of help or support they are willing to offer, and then with the help of volunteers, we will make sure the resources reach the needy families. (The app is in Stage of Development and will be available for Android phones on Google Play Store by January 2022.)

Ø To help spread awareness about Government Programs and Schemes designed for these people for their benefits and identify solutions which we can propose to the government which can help the people suffering from poverty.

Ø To ensure that the people living in poverty are able to register themselves for the vaccination program; help them by registering them on the app or website and also will ensure that they receive vaccines without any difficulties.

About the Millennium Fellow

Aakash is a young, creative and bright student currently in 2nd Year pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Civil Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India. He is an inquisitive person as he loves to explore articles and listen to experts on different topics. He was born in Bihar, India, and currently resides in Chandigarh. He has good leadership qualities and loves to tackle various challenges that come his way. Throughout his childhood, he has been a part of voluntary campaigns by various NGOs and local bodies to help people and will continue to do this in the future as well. His main aim is to help people alleviate poverty which also is a part of the SDG of No Poverty.

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