Manipal, today, is a household name in higher education. Over five and half decades ago, one man, Dr Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, had a vision to impart quality education to generations of the future. He ensured that everything he did was consigned to posterity, and that students enjoy the fruits of his labour till eternity on this lateritic plateau. And the students will, forever, have one name on their lips, that of Manipal.
Fired by the desire to provide health care and other essential services to the people of this region, Dr TMA Pai transformed the plateau into what it now is. He turned the wilderness into a sanctuary of education.
In 1953, he set up Kasturba Medical College, the first private medical college in the voluntary sector. With that began the story of Manipal University. In 1957, came the engineering college followed by the dental college, college of pharmacy and the others. Initially, these institutes were affiliated to different universities.
Dr TMA Pai passed on the baton of leadership to his son, Dr Ramdas M Pai who is the present President and Chancellor of the University. Then in 1993, MAHE (Manipal Academy of Higher Education) was accorded a deemed university status under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
At the time of receiving the deemed university status, only five professional institutions existed. Encouraged by the recognition, the University grew by leaps and bounds. Today, it has 20 constituent institutions comprising medical, dental, engineering, architecture, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, management, communication, information science, hotel management, biotechnology, regenerative medicine etc. The university offers Bachelors’, Masters’ and Doctoral degrees in various specialties. The University provides excellent educational facilities to over 17,000 students in its constituent colleges. It also has an active alumni base of over 65,000 students across the world.
The emphasis has always been, and still is, on quality education. With a rich heritage of excellence in higher education over 60 years, experienced and dedicated members of faculty, state-of-the-art academic and clinical facilities, Manipal University takes pride in its world class educational environment.
Manipal University has branch campuses in Bangalore, Malaysia, Dubai and Antigua in the Caribbean Island. There is also a campus in Mangalore with a medical college, a dental college and a nursing college with attached teaching hospitals. MU has an international academic collaboration for twinning programmes in engineering with universities in the US, UK, Australia and other countries.
Besides being an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 certified University, it is home to many top 10 ranked institutions of India. Manipal University has won the prestigious IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award and International Asia Pacific Quality Award during 2007- 2008.