top of page


United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women | Pune, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9


" I am an individual driven by a purpose in life. A purpose to serve beyond myself. I wish to stimulate mind by being exposed to different realities of the world. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will help me enhance the requisite skills to make a social impact on the world more tangible. Most importantly what drives my spirit and eagerness to be a part of this is being able to work with like-minded individuals from extremely diverse parts of this beautiful planet to bring a positive impact with diverse ideas and united souls. I am excited to increase my anticipatory capability by envisioning new strategies of learning and innovation. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: GreenRec- A Green Reclamation

The GreenRec team was formed with the Millennium Fellows of the BNCA campus. Every college and school produces a large amount of paper waste every single day, which is thrown out most of the time without being recycled. Thus, our goal was aligned with SDG 12: responsible consumption and production. and a waste management project took place.

The GreenRec team was formed as a part of the Millennium Fellowship 2022. Along with the SDG hub and UNFCC hub, the formal inauguration of the Millennium Fellowship theme and the unveiling of the Millennium Fellows of 2022 took place on October 3rd on the college campus at the hands of Ar. Ojas Hirani, Founder, CSRD, and National Functionary; Sanskar Bharti; and Mr. Siddharth Desai, Environmental Engineer, Jt. MD, Kishore Pumps
On the following day, under the aegis of ISDS and in collaboration with the Millennium Fellowship, SDG Hub, UNFCCC Hub, and BNCA, a National Symposium on Sustainable Development was held in BNCA on the topic of sustainable development. It consisted of two panels: youth actions and SDGs, and current actions and SDGs. The moderator for the first panel was Prof. Piyush Girgaonkar, and the panel comprised of guests Madhish Parikh, National Youth Awardee, Govt. of India, Sarika Mahotra, CEO, Tarpan Foundation, Mumbai, and Anugrah Nagaich, Asst. Prof. Urban Planning at NIT Bhopal and Dr. Priya Nagraj, CEO of the Pune Knowledge Cluster The next panel was moderated by Prof. Namrata Dhamankar and consisted of Dr. Jyoti Kiran - 5th Chairman of Rajasthan Finance Commission who joined via a Zoom call, Meghna Bordikar - Member of Legislative Assembly Maharashtra, Dr. (CDR) Arnab Das - Maritime Strategist, founder of Maritime Research Center and Indraneel Chitale - Partner at Chitale Bandhu. Pune and co-founder of Herbea. Hon. Smt. Poonam Mahajan graced the valedictory function of the National Symposium on Sustainable Development.
A survey was done to gather information and increase our awareness regarding the current waste management practices in our college. Here, we visited the wood workshop, fab lab, material museum, and library to see the amount and type of wood dry waste that is generated. We then had a discussion with college authorities about the management of this waste.
A survey was also done gather information about how this waste could be turned into useful construction materials and create small prototypes. But after discussions with faculty, we concluded that creating prototypes is not feasible considering the scale of the project. But we proceeded with exploring and researching the applications of reused waste in the construction industry.
The paper waste generated in college was all gathered and cut into short pieces. It was mixed with water and left to soak for 24 hours. On the next day, the soaked papers were ground to make a thick paste. The paste was further processed to make recycled papers and seed balls.
The paste was spread in moulds that were made from steel jaalis and left under the sun to produce recycled paper. Another product, i.e., the seed balls, was produced, and tulsi seeds were added to them. We later planted these seed balls on a nearby hillock.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ruchika Jadhav is a vibrant and determined student, pursuing her bachelor’s in architecture from Dr. Bhanuben Nanvati College of Architecture, Pune. She is a hardworking and ambitious student who possesses the design and social abilities needed to plan, coordinate and be involved in all academic and co-curricular activities. Throughout her school and college years, she has lived in and visited various cities throughout her life and had the opportunity to witness and experience various types of people, their culture and understand their social issues. From her early days she has been a very opinionated individual let it be her standing up to her peers or family about getting equal rights or sharing her strong views on being a feminist. She believes in becoming a leader of such kind which focuses on enhancing the quality on living while being cohesive with the nature and reaching a global community which will help her achieve this dream. Ruchika aspires to be an architect with emphasis on curating socially inclusive habitats and buildings which are context and climate responsive, and she also aims to provide her own contribution in the United Nations' Sustainable Goals by bridging gaps between people.

bottom of page