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Manipal Institute of Technology
MIT Manipal Seal.svg
Seal of The Manipal Institute of Technology
Motto Knowledge is Power
Established 1957[1]
Type Private
Director Dr. Vinod V. Thomas[2]
Founder Dr. T. M. A. Pai[1]
Academic staff 500[1]
Students 6500 (UG, PG and PhD.)[1]
Location Manipal, Karnataka, India
Campus Suburban, 188 acres (0.8 km2)
Colors Pickled bean and Black         
Affiliations Manipal University
Website Manipal Institute of Technology
MIT Logo

The Manipal Institute of Technology (commonly known as MIT, Manipal and Manipaltech) is a constituent institution of the Manipal University that specializes in the fields of engineering and technology. MIT contains 16 academic departments and awards undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.[1] Established in 1957 in Manipal, Karnataka, India, MIT is one of the first self-financed colleges in India.[3]


Foundation and early years (1957-1960)[edit]

In 1957, T.M.A Pai conceived of the idea of establishing an engineering college in Manipal. The Manipal Engineering College (MEC) was inaugurated on 11 May 1957 by the then Chief Minister of Mysore, S. Nijalingappa.[4][5] For a few initial months, lectures were held at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal campus before the infrastructure was ready at its present campus towards the end of 1957. The institute started with 25 staff members and an annual intake of 120 students for the under-graduate courses, in a campus of 180 acres (0.73 km2).

Growth and expansion (1961-1999)[edit]

Civil engineering was the first discipline to be offered at the institute, but by 1961, full undergraduate programs were also available in the areas of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Housing facilities were operational from 1961 for outstation students.

The institute was originally affiliated to the Karnataka University in Dharwad.[3] In 1965, the institute affiliated itself with the University of Mysore in Mysore.[6] More courses were added over the decades as the college expanded. The MIT, Manipal Student Chapter of the Institution of Engineers (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) was established in the mid-1960s.

In 1969, Chemical Engineering was introduced as a branch of study followed by Electronics and Communication engineering. In 1973, the semester scheme was adapted and a one year post graduate diploma in industrial engineering was offered. In the same year, the Venugopala Temple, modeled on the famous Kirti Mandir, Vadodara, Gujarat was built. It is a landmark on campus.

The MIT campus has been visited by several well-known persons at various times in its history. The Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama visited the college in 1966. The 1970s saw the visit of Smt Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India.[7]

In 1974, it was renamed as Manipal Institute of Technology. MIT was brought under the purview of Mangalore University in 1980.[3] In 1979, other branches of study such as Industrial Production and Architecture were introduced. The construction of the 4-floor library building with an area of 83,000 square feet (7,700 m2) and more hostel blocks including 7th, 9th blocks and women's hostels was completed in the 1980s. The inauguration of the swimming pool was done in 1986 and that of the floodlit basketball court at Kamath Circle in 1989.

Expansions in the late 1980s and early 1990s included the setting up of the Computer Engineering department in 1987 and the Bio-medical Engineering Department and the Printing Department in 1992. More library space and 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of auditorium area were also built during this period. Hostel expansion in 1990 saw the construction of the new ladies hostel right across the Venugopal Temple. The construction the tenth hostel block, touted as one of Asia's largest hostel blocks with a capacity of about 1500, started in 1991.

In 1993, the state government of Karnataka introduced statewide measures regulating the intake of students to private institutes, including MIT Manipal, and this had a financial impact on the college because it meant that the fee structure was regulated by the government. The college was designated a Linguistic Minority Institute status between 1993 and 1999, which meant that a significant fraction of the intake was reserved for those students whose native tongue was Konkani.

The International Center for Applied Sciences (ICAS) which runs twinning programs with partner universities around the world including Illinois Institute of Technology, and Milwaukee School of Engineering, was started in the 1990s. The twinning program follows a (2+2) model wherein the first 2 years are spent in MIT, Manipal and the later 2 years are spent at the partner university.

Recent history (2000-present)[edit]

In 2000, the college became a constituent institute of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). MAHE was designated as a Deemed University, a status that allows it to operate without affiliations to any other universities, conduct its own admission procedures, update and upgrade syllabi, tie up with foreign universities, fix its own fees and function autonomously. MAHE was renamed as Manipal University in 2007. The institute celebrated its Golden Jubilee in the year 2007 and it was marked by technical, cultural and sports events throughout the year.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the then President of India, visited the college and interacted with the students in the year 2003. Later in 2010 the President of India Pratibha Patil[8]

The dawn of the new millennium brought in construction of new buildings. 2006 saw the construction of the hi-tech Innovation Center housing companies such as Phillips and EMC2 and associated research and development. The 7-floor 13th Block located between the 3rd and 4th blocks for housing lady students was also completed during this period. The adjoining Lecture Hall complex was built anticipating the increase in intake and was inaugurated in the year 2006.

Undergraduate courses in Mechatronics were added in 2006 and those in Aeronautical Engineering, Automobile Engineering were added in 2008. The department of Architecture was rechristened as The Faculty of Architecture in 2006, and then as Manipal School of Architecture and Planning and Design, as a separate institute under the Manipal University in 2011. The annual undergraduate student intake increased from 800 spread over 12 engineering disciplines in the year 2003 to 1500 spread over 16 disciplines in 2008 (currently the institute has an intake of 2300+ students (as on July 2011)).[1]

The institute was also visited by Smt. Pratibha Patil, the then President of India for the university's annual convocation in December 2010. The then Finance Minister and future President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee also visited the institute on 26 May 2012 to inaugurate one of the Academic Blocks. The institute also played host to the 49th annual convention of the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) in January 2007.[9]


The New Lecture Hall Complex and the Innovation Centre

MIT Manipal's campus is located 65 kilometres (37 mi) north of Mangalore. The campus is located five kilometres from Udupi's railway station and spreads over an area of 188 acres (76.0 ha) housing 10 academic buildings, and 21 residential buildings, with a total capacity of 6,080 inhabitants.[10] There are three entrances to the campus: one near Academic Block 1, one near 12th Block and one at KC (Kamath Circle: the center of the campus).

The catering is handled by the MIT Food Court, MIT Cafeteria, and other messes on campus. The MIT Food Court, with a seating capacity of 1200 people, caters to the food needs of about 840 people daily.[11] MIT Cafeteria serves snacks and lunch, and is in the vicinity of academic buildings. Adithya Mess, Annapoorna Mess, Akshaya Mess, Ananya Mess and Ashraya Mess serve food for students from around the world. Ananya Mess and Ashraya Mess are for women only.

Most of MIT buildings have a number (or a number and a letter) designation and some have a name as well. Typically, academic and office buildings are referred to by their names and residential blocks by their numbers. The assignment of building numbers roughly corresponds to the order in which they were built. Many of the academic buildings are connected above ground by footbridges. However, these bridges are kept locked, except during orientation. A new set of hostels were build to support the increase of intake per year named as 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th Blocks. These hostels have better facilities and good infrastructure. Still there are new hostels currently building beyond 17th Block which is too far from the academic block.

There used to be a shuttle bus service between the residential blocks and the academic blocks until the mid-2012. The campus has continuous water and power supply. MU's campus-wide wireless network was completed in May 2009 and is designed to support up to 14000 users.[12][13][14][15]

Academic buildings[edit]

The Innovation Centre

The major academic buildings are in five blocks, the last one built in 2010. The heart of the campus is the massive Main Academic Block (Academic Block 1 formerly called Quadrangle) built in the 1950s. It houses most engineering departments and plays host to most functions of the college including Revels, the cultural fest, and TechTatva, the technical festival.

In addition to the engineering departments, it houses:

  • the Office of the Director
  • the Offices of the Associate Directors
  • Student Welfare Office
  • Training and Placement Cell

The adjacent Civil and Architecture block was built in the 1980s. This block houses the Faculty of Architecture, the Departments of Physics, Civil Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Printing Technology and the Office of the Controller of Examinations of Manipal University.

Constructed in 2006, the Innovation Centre houses the R&D arms of companies such as Phillips and EMC2. The Centre houses several computer labs with Windows and Linux platforms. In July 2009, all the academics buildings were renamed; Innovation Center was renamed as Academic Block 4, but it is still referred to by students as IC.


16th and 17th Blocks, MIT hostels

Undergraduate students are guaranteed four-year housing in one of MIT's twenty-one hostel buildings.[16] Housing assignments are made based on the preferences of the students themselves at the beginning of every academic year, subject to vacancy. Priority in allotment is decided by seniority and then GPA of the student in later semesters. The construction of four new men's hostel buildings with 360 rooms each was completed in July 2009. Both, air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms are available to students.[16] Each set of rooms has a common area where students can watch TV, and play table tennis. There are facilities for gym and indoor sports in certain hostels. The 9th block is considered as the most coveted block amongst the senior boys then followed by 10th Block and others. Construction of new Boys and Girls Hostels have also started in 2012. In the year 2012, VII Block was converted to a Boys Block as the female students were shifted to the newly constructed Girls hostel in front of it.

The total housing capacity on the MIT campus is of 7050 students, of which 75% is for men, and 25% is for women. Of this, 95% is occupied by under-graduate students.[16]

Hostel security is strict about students using motorised vehicles.[17]

Collaborations and Exchange programs[edit]

Partner universities[edit]

  • Saint-Etienne - Du-Rouvray, Esigelec, France
  • Hochschule Bremen - University for Applied Science-Germany
  • Queensland University of Technology - Australia
AIESEC Manipal University

AIESEC Manipal University, a local chapter of AIESEC, the world's largest youth-run organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. The various types of exchange programs offered are management, technical, educational and developmental, the time span for which may vary from 6 weeks to 18 months.


Students can go for an exchange programmes to either a foreign university or a company for a duration of 1 month to 6 months. The exchange programmes are either industrial or academic in nature. IAESTE assists students in going to such programs.


Institute Rankings
Engineering – India
India Today[18]
Outlook India[19] 24
Private colleges:
Mint[21] 12
Electronics For You[22] 2

MIT has been using a credit based system since 2001, in which each course is assigned a number of credits.[6] The odd semester starts around the month of July and ends by December and the even semester starts around January and ends by May. Manipal University is accredited by the Government of India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) .[23]

Manipal Institute of Technology was ranked #24 in India Today's Best Engineering colleges of 2012.[22] In rankings limited to private engineering colleges, it was ranked second in Electronics for You's Top 50 Private Engineering Colleges of 2011[19] and #12 in Mint's Top 50 Private Engineering Colleges of 2009.[21]

Undergraduate program[edit]

A classroom in the New Lecture Hall

MIT Manipal offers full-time, four/five-year undergraduate (Bachelor's degree) programs in the following disciplines:

General Undergraduate Admissions are open to Indian nationals only and are based on marks obtained in the qualifying examination (10+2, or an equivalent SSC exam) and their performance in the Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MUOET, a computer-based test). The test consists of sections in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English and General Knowledge and the Science and Mathematics sections of the paper include questions based on the standard senior school syllabus of all educational boards in India. Testing takes place annually in the months of April and May, and the candidates are offered the flexibility to choose their test date and examination center.

Like almost all private universities in India, there is no provision for reservation of seats for candidates belonging to the Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBCs)

Admissions to the Architecture program are based on marks obtained in the qualifying examination(10+2) and an all India National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by the Council of Architecture (COA).

For both programs, only candidates who score 50% or more in Physics, Mathematics and optional subject (combined) in their qualifying examinations (10+2, or equivalent SSC exams) are considered for admissions.

Admissions to the Interior design are done on the basis of rank in the Manipal University Design Aptitude Test (MDAT) conducted by Manipal University, Manipal.

International / NRI admissions admissions are granted based on a merit list prepared on the basis of the marks scored in their school-leaving certificate exams (10+2, or equivalent). International / NRI admissions are subject to a different fee structure, with the fees payable only in US Dollars.

International Centre for Applied Sciences (ICAS)[edit]

Students may enroll in the undergraduate Twinning Program wherein the first two years of their coursework is undertaken at International Centre for Applied Sciences (ICAS), Manipal and the remainder is completed at a college or university in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada or UK. The undergraduate degree will be awarded by the foreign university. The partner universities include Illinois Institute of Technology, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a list of renowned universities . In 2012-13 it went into partnership with Esigelec University, France wherein a masters degree would be awarded after completing 2 years in India and 3 years in France. In case of Architecture and Aeronautical Engineering, students only have to complete 1 year in Manipal and then continue their degree abroad.

Postgraduate courses[edit]

Master of Technology (M.Tech) degrees are offered with the following specializations:

In addition, the following programs are also offered:

Admissions to postgraduate programs are either on the basis of an entrance exam or the performance in an undergraduate degree program. All applicants are required to have appropriate bachelor's degrees.

The institute also offers Ph.D. programs on a full-time or part-time basis for suitably qualified candidates.

Practice school[edit]

The college offers a practice school programme in the 8th semester, all of which is devoted to a project/internship. There are no academic courses in this semester. Some selected students intern at various reputed companies all over India for a 4 or 6 month project, others do projects in the college itself under faculty guidance. Students can also opt to do their project at the college itself. First introduced in 2005, this concept gives students first hand exposure to industry or a detailed research project over a relatively long period even before they graduate.


The MIT Central Library

The MIT Central Library is housed in a separate building with a total area of about 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2). The Library has technical books, periodicals, video films, Indian standards and general magazines and other publications, and is open to faculty and students of the institute. Users of MIT library can access the databases of all Manipal University constituent institute libraries: MIM, MIC, KMC (Mangalore and Manipal), and WGSHA libraries. The library has DELNET membership, a network of libraries which seeks to promote resource sharing.

The library uses EASYLIB, a software package to automate all the functions of the library. Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) and Internet-enabled Public Access Catalogue (E-PAC) is provided for students and staff.


MIT makes adequate budgetary provisions for maintenance of research equipment through capital allocations. An amount of ₹1.5 crores was sanctioned to MIT in 2008-09 towards innovation. Students of the institute take up summer internship as a part of their curriculum.[25] Several research programs in the areas of nanotechnology, nuclear engineering, VLSI design and pattern recognition are being pursued in the interdisciplinary labs under MIT's innovation centre.[25]

Traditions and student activities[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

The oldest and most prominent student organizations are the Editorial Board and the Student Council. Overall there are 44 clubs in MIT.

The teams from ManipalTech have been winning innovation and entrepreneurship competitions such as the GE Edison Innovation Challenge[26] and consecutive victories at the Schneider Electric India Innovation Challenge.[27]

The technical student organizations include the Institute of Engineers, Computer Science and Engineering (IE-CSE) Manipal, Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Students Chapter, Akshay Urja Club, SAE International Collegiate Club, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and The Institution of Engineers (India). MIT, Manipal has units of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) functioning in its campus. Other international organizations such as AIESEC in Manipal University and IAESTE IndiaMIT are active in Manipal. Cultural organisations/clubs include Aaina, Ada, Mafia, RedX, The Photography Club,etc.

Innovation and entrepreneurship at the Manipal campus were taken to a new level by the Formula Manipal team. The 15-member student team built a 600 cc race car that was selected to participate in the Formula SAE 2008 competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers held at Ferrari race track at Maranello in Italy. The Formula SAE is an international race car design competition, which is attended by over 150 top universities from across the world. Formula Manipal was the only Asian team to be selected to participate at the FSAE in 2008. In 2009, the team participated with the second prototype at FS UK, held at the Silverstone F1 Track.[28]

Group Description
Leo Club, MIT Manipal Estd. 1999, the objective of the LEO Club is "to provide the youth of the college an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national, and international community." The name Leo originated as an acronym that stood for the motto of the clubs, "Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity." Leo club is one of the oldest and most prominent student organizations at MIT, Manipal.
Rotaract Club of Manipal Rotaract is an international program for adults ages 18 to 30 who want to make a difference. It was founded in 1968 by Rotary International, an association of clubs made up of service-minded business and professional leaders. The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

AIESEC AIESEC is the world's largest youth organisation aimed at developing young people's potential and leadership development. The local chapter, AIESEC in Manipal University started in 2009-10 by AIESEC in Bangalore and is quickly developing to be a dominant and recognised club.

The Photography Club The Photography Club organizes various photography events each year to bring out talent in photography in Manipal. Its category Kaptur(it)e is one of the most participated category in REVELS.

Aaina Aaina is a dramatics club in the MIT. The club produces a play bi-annually. The club also participates in a lot of national level cultural festivals and has won many accolades at colleges such as NIT, Surathkal, IIT Chennai, BITS Goa, IIM Bangalore and so on.
IECSE The Institute of Engineers (Computer Science Engineering) is a club of the Computer Science and Engineering Department of MIT, Manipal. Registered at MIT, Manipal on 16 September 2008 this technical chapter has always aimed to provide enriching opportunities to students in the field of Computer Science and Information Technology.With a highly successful online technical Blog ( and Design Studio(IECSE Studios),IECSE is reaching new heights of Success,leadership and Knowledge.
Robotics And Circuits Club Robotics And Circuits Club is a robotics club of the college started in March 2010.It organizes VEDANTH (A Robotics exhibition) in the college presenting different Robots.It Consists of Students from various Branches of the college.
RoboManipal RoboManipal is a robotics club of the institute, formed in October 2010. It competes in national and international competitions such as ABU Robocon.
SolarMobil Manipal[29] SolarMobil Manipal is a team of over 25 inter disciplinary undergraduates from M.I.T. which aims to make a solar powered electrical hybrid vehicle with a vision to be a leading source of research and development in the field of solar automobile sector as a student project with various innovations. SolarMobil Manipal would be competing with its solar powered electric cars in the World Solar Challenge competition and South Africa Solar Challenge conducted under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
Parikshit Parikshit is a new team formed in 2010. It is the official satellite team and the first of its kind in Manipal. The team is building a satellite for a planned launch in the fall of 2014. It currently consists of students covering almost all branches.
LUG Manipal The Linux Users' Group, Manipal consists of FOSS enthusiasts who promote technology and knowledge sharing with Open Source technologies.
IAESTE The International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience has its National Secretariat in MIT.
Team Manipal Racing[30] This team every year designs and manufactures an All Terrain Vehicle to compete on rugged terrain. The team competed at SAE organized events at Wisconsin,Rochester and Wisconsin,USA in year 2009, 2010 and 2012 respectively. In 2012 they got the highest points of any Asian team till date.

Traditions and events[edit]


This is the annual Techfest of the college, that is becoming bigger and better every year. It is usually held in the odd semester in the month of October.


Main article: Revels (culfest)

Revels is the annual 4-day culfest held in March, where people from many colleges come to the university for dance and other competitions. This festival is mainly hosted by MIT.

Save Earth Campaign[edit]

An all year round awareness program brought forward by LEO Club, MIT Manipal. It is a small step ahead towards a big cause.

Dhol Baje[edit]

Music and dance have always been an integral part of our opulent Indian culture. We celebrate whenever we are happy and never let any joy pass by unnoticed. Keeping this in mind, the Rotaract Club of Manipal holds its signature event, an annual Dandiya night, called ‘DHOL BAJE’ around the month of October.

Global Village[edit]

Hosted every semester (roughly 6 months) by AIESEC, this event involves foreign interns coming down from various countries showcasing their culture, putting on a show of dances and items from their country. This 4 day event is usually greeted by a lot of enthusiastic people

Youth 2 Business[edit]

Another event conducted by AIESEC. This brings popular speakers from around the area, sometimes even from distant places, to enlighten and empower the youth with talks that they give and ideas that are worth sharing. It happens over 2 days, and happens twice an academic year.


Conducted by IE CSE Manipal, Prometheus is the most successful Technical Event in Manipal. Events related to computers and Aptitude are organized with a huge participation.Online events include an Online scavenging game 'Hawk Eye' and Online coding in assoc. with CodeChef. Big companies like Tata and IBM are partners with the event leading to high quality events and prizes. IECSE aims at spreading and improving the Technical Knowledge of students through Prometheus. (

Shoot'em Up[edit]

Shoot'em Up is a national level photography fest started in 2012 and is organised by The Photography Club, Manipal. This annual event encourages photographers to participate in various events and showcase their work and gain experience from various workshops organised during the fest. Usually spread over a span of 5 days, It consists of various events like workshops on various genres of Photograhy, Photo-race, various photography contests like Spot Photography, Caption It!, Studio works, etc. and the highlight event, the Photography Xcursion, a one day trip to the scenic places nearby. Shoot'em Up is usually held in the Odd semester (Aug-Dec) every year.


Anveshan is a national level tech fest conducted by ISTE Students' Chapter MIT, Manipal. It lasts for of 1–2 weeks usually in first and second weeks of October or in the first and second weeks of march.


Alacrity is a week-long technical festival organized by IE-E&C student chapter. This annual event allows students to participate in mentally stimulating events at the same time allowing them to showcase there technical work, ideas and achievements.


Techweekend is the national level technical festival organized by IEEE Student branch Manipal. This annual festival consists of more than 25 events and is usually held in February.It is one of the biggest events on campus with technical events related to almost all branches of engineering.In 2013 the number of participants totaled around 400.

Lite the Nite[edit]

Also known as Sky lanterns, this event was introduced in manipal in 2012. 1700+ people came to the grounds at end point in the city to fill the sky with sky lanterns, as a substitute to bursting crackers on diwali. This event is supported by AIESEC, which hosts and helps out with the event in Manipal, but it happens to be a national initiative of someone else.


Symbiot is a national level technical festival organized by the Institute of Engineers: Biotech Chapter (IEBt). This annual symposium was established in 2009 to be a forum for biotechnology. Innovatus is the flagship event of Symbiot'10

Advanced in Energy Conversion technology[edit]

Advances in Energy conversion technology (AECT) is an annual national level conference during which professors and students from across the country present their ideas, papers and projects. It is held during the first week of February and is conducted by the Electrical and Electronics department of MIT in association with IE Electrical and electronics and government of Thina.

Sports and games[edit]

The institute has a gymnasium, swimming pool, indoor badminton courts, flood-lit tennis and basketball courts, a table tennis hall, a football ground and facilities for volleyball and hockey. The MIT cricket ground hosts the annual inter-Manipal University Cricket Tournament. MIT hosts many inter-college tournaments. But above all, it houses a sports arena called MARENA, a huge 6 storey complex with sports like squash, futsal, badminton, jogging track, tennis, basketball etc. MARENA is a state of the art complex and is often admired by many visitors who come here. A recent visitor includes Gary Kirsten, ex South African and Indian cricket coach, who came in July '13


  • Staff quarters: 3277
  • Capacity of faculty body: 268
  • College building: 403,900 sq ft (37,520 m2)
  • Hostel buildings: 674,415 sq ft (62,655.2 m2)
  • Staff quarters: 191,576 sq ft (17,798.0 m2)
  • Total land area: 7,384,576 sq ft (686,049.6 m2)



MIT has 500 faculty members.[1] Faculty are responsible for lecturing classes, advising both graduate and undergraduate students and their organizations, and sitting on academic committees, as well as conducting original research.

Notable alumni[edit]


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