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 TARUN M, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

PES University | Bengaluru, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9

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" I believe many lives across the world would be positively impacted by my project. I also consider this fellowship as a platform to improve my creativity skills and presentation skills. Above all, I am very much passionate about investigative-oriented activities and therefore I am very excited to be a Millennium Fellow "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Plastic Biodegradation at Home

Our idea involves biodegradation of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics at the household level. These are plastics which are difficult to reuse and recycle. In this project, kitchen and garden waste are mixed with soil and buttermilk, after which plastic subjected to heat pretreatment is added directly to the mixture. This set up is left to compost, so that the microbes present can degrade the embedded plastic effectively. Here, waste (plastic) is being eliminated using other waste (organic household substances) to give harmless by-products, which may even be used as organic fertilizer. On fine-tuning this approach, we may be able to clear up the landfills and waste dumps around us. Furthermore, wastes can be handled right where they are produced, without even a need for segregation into wet and dry groups. This method helps us degrade plastic using only household resources with no additional expenditure, and is a promising solution to the global problem of plastic waste management.

About the Millennium Fellow

M.Tarun is a young determined and ambitious student who is currently pursuing B-Tech Biotechnology at PES University. He is a citizen of India and presently residing in Bangalore. He is passionate to study about microorganisms (characteristics & features) and develop new products for sustainable development. His objective in life is to innovate and contribute to the development for nation in the field of bio-Technology. He has participated in various co-curricular activities and events that include creative courses, internship & competitive events related to his domain. Above all, he is a great listener & practical solution provider.