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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.



Tata Institute of Social Sciences | Mumbai, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 2


" The reason for me to become a Millennium Fellow is its motto, to accelarate student leadership. A fine leader should have Integrity, Gratitude, Awareness, Good communication, Delegation, Influence the followers, Empathy, and the thrist to learn something new. I think it is good to hone leadership qualities in early ages which will definitely help any one in the future in career as well as in one's life. A good leader sows the seeds of goodness in the minds of their
comrades, similarly I will be able to reach out to my comrades and pave the path of social work in their minds. Also through the Millennium Fellowship Programme I will get the opportunity to work on project which will have a huge impact in my campus. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Enhancing Human Capabilities

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 mandates a minimum reservation of 25% seats in entry-level classes (LKG and Grade 1) of private, unaided non- minority schools for children belonging to Disadvantaged Groups (DG), Weaker Sections (WS) and Disadvantaged Special Groups (DGS). This provision promotes inclusion and diversity in classrooms. Children between the age of 3 and 4 can apply for L.K.G and between the age of 5 and 6 can apply for Grade 1 classes. Recent studies on the effects of the RTE act suggest benefits for both sets of students. On one hand, fee-paying children studying in heterogeneous classrooms (where there are children from different economic and social backgrounds) are more likely to volunteer for nation-building compared to their friends’ inhomogeneous classrooms. On the other hand, 25% of disadvantaged children have shown significant gains in self-efficacy, which is a belief in one’s ability to succeed.

About the Millennium Fellow

K. Punya is a talented , energetic and an enthusiastic person , who wills to explore different areas. Born in the South East Coast of India in the Capital of the Temple Town( Tamil Nadu), Chennai , She is the Marina girl.
Dance is her soul and madness. She has been professionally trained in Bharathanatyam and have a huge interest in Kathak. She paints Kerala murals whicha peculiar painting style in India . Exploration is her fantasy. This bundle of energy never gets tired of trying new ideas . A hardcore chocolate addict. Very little perseverance, she takes efforts to improve it. Also she hates discrimination on the basis of gender and is a voluble person and make friends easily. A talkative person and is not biased. She is a occasional baker.
Coming to her academic background, she has passed out of CBSE class 12 Commerce -Math stream. Now she is persuing her UG in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences (BASS). In spite of taking commerce she did realise her urge to contribute something to the rural India and she hoped TISS would be a gateway which would help me to contribute and make a difference in this diverse country and also the beautiful world.

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