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Manipal Institute of Technology
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New, 60th anniversary logo of The Manipal Institute of Technology
MottoKnowledge is Power
TypePrivate Technical Educational and Research Institute
FounderT. M. A. Pai[1]
DirectorDr. D Srikanth Rao [2]
Academic staff
Location, ,
Campus188 acres (0.76 km2), University town
ColorsPickled bean and Black
AffiliationsManipal Academy of Higher Education
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The Manipal Institute of Technology (shortened MIT Manipal or MIT) (formerly Manipal Engineering College) is a constituent institution of Manipal Academy of Higher Education that specializes in the fields of engineering and technology. MIT contains 17 academic departments and awards undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees.[1] Established in 1957 in Manipal, Karnataka, India, it is one of the first self-financed colleges in India.[3]

Until the early nineties, the institution was affiliated to Karnatak University, University of Mysore, and then to Mangalore University. After the establishment of Manipal University in 1993, MIT became one of its constituent institutions.


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

Manipal Engineering College (MEC) was inaugurated on 11 May 1957 by the then Chief Minister of Mysore, S. Nijalingappa.[4][5] The first President of the college was Roque Fernandes. In the 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, on 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.

In initial years institute was affiliated to the Karnatak University.[3] In 1965, the institute got affiliated to the University of 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 adopted and a one-year postgraduate diploma in industrial engineering was offered. In the same year, the Venugopala Temple, modelled on the famous Kirti Mandir, Vadodara, Gujarat was built.

The MIT campus has been visited by several well-known persons at various times in its history. The Tibetan spiritual leader the 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. The institute 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 were completed in the 1980s. The swimming pool was inaugurated in 1986, the floodlit basketball court at Kamath Circle in 1989.

In 1993 Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) was granted deemed university status[8] and Manipal Institute of Technology became its constituent college.

The new millennium (2000–2015)[edit]

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the then President of India, visited the college and interacted with the students in 2003. This visit was late repeated in 2010 by the then President of India Pratibha Patil.[9]

The dawn of the new millennium brought in the construction of new buildings. 2006 saw the construction of the 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 New Lecture Hall complex ('NLH') was built anticipating the increase in intake and was inaugurated in the year 2006. 2007 saw the inauguration of Academic Block 5, the largest academic building on campus housing classrooms, academic and research labs, and department and faculty offices.

Undergraduate courses in Instrumentation and Control Engineering were added in 2001 and Mechatronics was 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 Academy of Higher Education in 2011. In 2013, an integrated course in Computer Science and Communication Engineering was added, under the department of Information and Communication Technology. 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. As of July 2011, the institute has an intake of more than 2300 students.[10]

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.[11]

Recent History, new logo and major campus expansion (2016–present)[edit]

The new logo of the institute was unveiled by alumni Nokia CEO Rajiv Suri during the institute's 2016 convocation.[12] It was designed by Kartikeya Rastogi, who was then a senior year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student.[13]

In 2016, the college announced a major campus upgrade including the construction of several new buildings:

1. The MIT-KEF R&D Center[14] (which will be constructed off-site) for research in Civil Engineering (primarily off-site construction) and Architecture

2. A 'student plaza' at KC[15] that will replace several iconic buildings and serve as the new hub for all social activity

3. MIT Tech Shop, modelled after Hackerspace that will meet the need for a dedicated space for the ongoing student activities in areas such as robotics, racing (Formula Student), solar and all terrain automobile projects, satellites, UAVs, aeromodelling and rocketry, among others

4. A new food court near the 15th and 16–17th hostel blocks

5. A new hostel block (the 22nd) for female students

A major road inside the campus is being converted into a bituminous mini race track by Royal Dutch Shell, which will be cordoned off after college hours to be used by the university's Formula Student racing team and other automobile and aeromodelling/UAV projects.[16]


The New Lecture Hall Complex (near) and the Innovation Centre (far)

MIT Manipal's campus is located 65 km (37 mi) north of Mangalore. The campus is located 3.5 km from Udupi's railway station and is spread 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.[17] There are five entrances to the campus: the main entrance near Academic block 1, near Academic block 5, near Venugopal Temple, near 18th Block hostel and at the Student Plaza (formerly known as Kamath Circle).

MIT Manipal Campus

Kamath Circle has been renamed and renovated as Student Plaza [18] with a two-floored Colosseum-like structure and a musical fountain at the center.

MIT Student Plaza

The catering is handled by the food court, cafeteria, and other messes on campus. The food court, with a seating capacity of 1200 people, caters to the food needs of about 840 people daily. A second food court was constructed in 2018 near the 16th and 17th Hostel Blocks.[19]


16th and 17th Blocks, MIT hostels
MIT Hostel(Men)

Undergraduate students are guaranteed four-year housing in one of MIT's twenty-two hostel buildings. The total housing capacity is 7050 students, of which 75% is for men, and 25% is for women. Of this, 95% is occupied by undergraduate students. Housing assignments are made based on seniority, PGA (admission tests for first year students), and student preference.[20]

Academic Buildings[edit]

MIT Academic Block 1 - Quadrangle

The academic area of the campus is segregated from the rest of the campus. There are five academic buildings. Two of them – Academic Block 1 and Academic Block 2 have been there since the inception of the campus while the others were built as intakes increased. Academic Block 3 is also known as the New Lecture Hall, which was the first building to have fully centralized air-conditioning. Academic Block 4, commonly known as the Innovation Center, has Manipal's incubation center MUTBI (Manipal University Technology Business Incubator).[21] Academic Block 5 is the largest building on campus.


MIT Basketball Court

The MIT campus is dotted with sports facilities such as the Student Recreational Centre (2 tennis courts, 2 badminton courts and a gym), a basketball court, a cricket/athletics field, a volleyball court, a football ground, a hockey field, and a swimming pool. In 2019, a boxing ring was inaugurated on campus.[22] Marena Sports Complex is at a walking distance from the campus. The campus also houses several bookstores, stationery shops, restaurants, and a fruit shop. The campus also includes the Venugopala Temple, which was designed by undergraduate architecture students.


Academic Block 1

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 Academy of Higher Education is accredited by the Government of India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) .[23]

MIT Manipal offers full-time, four/five-year undergraduate (Bachelor's degree) programs in the various disciplines. as well as Master of Technology (M.Tech) degrees and various other postgraduate programs awarding Master of Science (M.S.) in Software Engineering, Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.) and an integrated M.B.A. program (in conjunction with other programs in MAHE).

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.


Aeronautical & Automobile Engineering

Biomedical Engineering


Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer & Communication Engineering

Computer Science & Engineering

Electronics & Communication Engineering

Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Information & Communication Technology

Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Mechatronics Engineering

Media Technology

Department of Computer Applications


Humanities and Management




University and College rankings
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[25]43
India Today (2017)[26]12
Outlook India (2017)[27]15
The Week (2017)[28]41

Manipal Institute of Technology was ranked 12th among engineering colleges in India by India Today in 2017,[26] 15 among engineering colleges by Outlook India in 2017[27] and 39 among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018.[25] It is recently awarded the prestigious Institute of Eminence(IOE) award 2018 by the Government of India and it was one of two private institutes to get the prestigious award.


Admission to Manipal Institute of Technology is through the Manipal Entrance Test (MET) and is carried out at centres across India. It is a computer-based exam and consists of 200 questions testing Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, and logical reasoning and spans a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The test is for 800 marks, +4 for every correct answer and -1 for every wrong one. MAHE offers two opportunities for a student to write the entrance exam, subject to additional payment and availability of vacancies. Unlike other entrance exams, the computer-based exam scores are displayed immediately after the exam ends, with which one may appear for admission counselling. [29]


Enhancing research skills among the students and scholars is one of the primary objectives of the institute. The institute makes adequate budgetary provisions for maintenance of research equipment through capital allocations. An amount of ₹1.5 crores was sanctioned to the institute in 2008–09 towards innovation. MITians have access to various journals and educational materials to facilitate research by students and scholars. Students of the institute take up summer internship as a part of their curriculum.[30] Several research programs in the areas of nanotechnology, nuclear engineering, VLSI design and pattern recognition are being pursued in the interdisciplinary labs under Institute's innovation centre.[30] Manipal Dot Net (MDN) is a privately owned software and hardware design and services organization located close to the campus, that offers internship opportunities to students.

Traditions and student activities[edit]

The oldest student organisations are the Editorial Board and the Student Council. Overall, there are close to a hundred clubs and organisations in the institute.[31] λΔQ (The Literary, Debate, and Quiz Club), Goonj, the Hindi literary club, and more clubs like Ada and Aaina Dramatics have bagged several awards at major cultural fests such as Unmaad, IIM Bangalore[32] and Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay.[33]

The college has an official student-run media body, The MIT Post.[34] It was founded on 19 November 2014.[35] The MIT Post keeps a record of all student activities on campus, including those of all other clubs and organisations.[36]

Teams from ManipalTech have won innovation and entrepreneurship competitions such as the GE Edison Innovation Challenge[37] and consecutive victories at the Schneider Electric India Innovation Challenge.[38]

The college has several technical clubs including international as well as national student organisations such as the ACM, IEEE, and ISTE. These clubs are very active on campus and organise workshops and various other events on a regular basis.[39]

Formula Manipal is a student initiative aiming to conceive, design, fabricate, develop and compete with other Formula style vehicles at International Formula Student events. They built a 600 cc race car that was selected to participate in the Formula SAE 2008 competition organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers held at Ferrari race track at Maranello in Italy, an international race car design competition which is attended by universities from across the world. In 2009, the team participated with the second prototype at FS UK, held at the Silverstone F1 Track.[40]

Project Manas is another initiative by students and is an AI robotics team that was founded in the year 2014. They have taken part in India's biggest driverless car challenge - "Spark the Rise" - organised by Mahindra. The team qualified for three stages and is one of the top 13 teams to qualify for the prototyping phase. The prototype is capable of detecting and navigating around pedestrians, variety of traffic signs and signals, road and non-road regions, vehicles along with a wide range of other obstacles. [41]

Mars Rover Manipal, one of the more recent endeavours byt the undergraduate students, is a multi-disciplinary team that designs and builds rovers for exploration of extraterrestrial environments. They regularly compete in various competitions, and have steadily improved their rankings at the University Rover Challenge, since they first entered in 2016.[42]


MIT hosts one fest every semester, cultural festival Revels in even semesters[43] and technical festival TechTatva in odd semesters.[44]

Notable alumni[edit]


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