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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 16 & UNAI 2


" I believe that I function at my best, when I'm a part of a group. I'm good at organising people and socialising as well as making everyone feel at ease. Through this fellowship, I get an oppurtunity to work in a group for implementing the ideas that I believe in. I also want to bring out a lot of creative ideas I have in my mind and I think this is a great platform to do so. Being a Millennium Fellow will give me an oppurtunity to grow the social entrepreneur in me and to nurture my social responsibility. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Enhancing Human Capabilities - Apakshapaath

Apakshapaath forms an integral part of the umbrella project of Enhancing Human Capabilities. Humanity cannot attain its full potential without social justice and accessibility. So as a group of three members, we decided to contribute our bit to the fight against injustice. Our project has three parts- Efforts towards improving transparency and efficacy of child adoption in India, Afghanistan Humanitarian efforts, and School Innovation Challenge.
1. Efforts towards improving transparency and efficacy of child adoption in India- As a part of this project team member Vaishnavi Menon took up a project to create awareness about foster care among people. She has collected data from the government authorities and is currently working on expanding her research in the area/
2. Afghanistan fundraising project: The project is a continued effort to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanis. We have got in contact with a cohort working from Afghanistan and are in the process of raising funds in collaboration with team Saathi, a Rotaract club of Hyderabad with considerable social traction to aid fellow Afghan citizens.
3. SIC, 2021: We are working towards the implementation of the School Innovation Challenge, 2021 which is sponsored by the Telangana State Government, UNICEF, and Inquilab foundation and continue to assist about 1600 teachers spanned across eight districts as part of our responsibility in the project.

About the Millennium Fellow

Vaishnavi Menon is an ambitious young girl who wishes to become a social entrepreneur one day. She is currently pursuing BA(Hons) in Social Work with specialisation in Rural Development course from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur. She was born and brought up in the small state of Kerala in India. She is a voracious reader and a great listener. She used to read about the social work stories of Sudha Murthy and used to regularly follow the Nobel Leurate Kailash Sathyarthi and his adventures of rescuing children from child labour. Later in her life, she wishes to work in rescuing people from human trafficking and also to work in war zones. Through this fellowship, she believes that she will be able to work as a team towards specific goals which she and her friends want to achieve.

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