Manipal University

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Manipal University
Manipal University logo.png
Motto Inspired by Life
Type Private deemed university
Established 1956
Founder T. M. A. Pai
Chancellor Ramdas M Pai
Students 28,000 (2014)
Location Manipal, Karnataka, India
Campus Suburban, 650 acres (2.6 km2)
Affiliations UGC, MHRD

Manipal University, formerly Manipal Academy of Higher Education, is a private research university located in the university town of Manipal, Karnataka, India. The university has sister universities in Dubai, Mangalore, Sikkim, and Jaipur.[1] It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.


List of vice chancellors

In 1953, T.M.A. Pai founded India's first private medical school, Kasturba Medical College,[6] and five years later the Manipal Institute of Technology was formed. Ramdas Pai took over the management in 1979 after the death of T.M.A. Pai. Initially all degrees were awarded by Karnatak University Dharwad and later Mysore University. From 1980 to 1993 they were awarded by Mangalore University. The current organizational structure was formed in 1993, when Manipal University (then branded as the Manipal Academy of Higher Education) was accorded deemed university status by the University Grants Commission.[7] The university is certified as an ISO 14001:2004 organization.[8] In 2007, it rebranded itself as Manipal University.[9] The legal name remains the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.[10]


The pro-chancellor is H. S. Ballal and vice-chancellor is H. Vinod Bhat. It is organized into 19 colleges and 7 departments.

The university is composed of the following schools:

  • Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • Manipal Life Science Center, Manipal
  • Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal and Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore
  • Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal, Mangalore and Bangalore
  • Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design, Manipal
  • Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal, Mangalore and Bangalore
  • Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal
  • Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
  • International Center for Applied Sciences, Manipal
  • School Of Information Sciences, Manipal
  • School of Management, Manipal
  • Medical College, Malacca, Malaysia
  • Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal
  • School of Jewellery Management, Manipal
  • Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal and Bangalore
  • School of Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore
  • Department of European Studies, Manipal
  • Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal
  • ICICI Manipal Academy, Bangalore

The university is made up of the following departments:

  • Department of Geopolitics, Manipal
  • Department of Commerce, Manipal
  • Department of Statistics, Manipal
  • Department of Public Health], Manipal
  • Department of Sciences, Manipal
  • Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Manipal
  • Department of Advanced Pharmaceutical Science, Manipal
  • Department of Culinary Arts, Manipal

There is one autonomous institute


Institute rankings
General – international
QS (World) [11] 701-750
QS (BRICS)[12] 101-110
QS (Asian)[13] 200
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2017)[14] 30
NIRF (Universities) (2017)[15] 18
Careers360[16] 2 (private)

Internationally, Manipal University was ranked 701-750 in the QS World University Rankings of 2018.[11] The same institute ranked it 200 in Asia[13] and 101-110 among BRICS nations[12] in 2016.

In India, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Manipal University 30 overall[14] and 18 among universities[15] in 2017. It was ranked 2nd among top private universities in India by Careers360 in 2017.[16]

Campuses in Manipal[edit]

The campus covers 600 acres (2.4 km2)[17] of land[17] and is centered in the university town of Manipal. The campus is divided into two areas: the health sciences campus and the engineering campus.

Manipal Institute of Technology Campus[edit]

The Manipal Institute of Technology Campus is located about 1 km east from the main university building. Spread over 200 acres, the campus comprises of eight academic / research buildings (Academic Blocks 1, 2 and 5; New Lecture Hall Complex (Block 3); Innovation Center (Block 4); The MIT Library; buildings of the School of Communication and the School of Management), twenty one halls of residence, three food courts (excluding the two shared by four residence halls), and sports facilities like football, cricket and running fields, two synthetic lawn tennis courts, and an indoor facility for badminton, table tennis, etc.

The Innovation Centre was established in 2007, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Manipal Institute of Technology. It primarily focuses on research and entrepreneurship activities, with a few rooms devoted to academic labs and classrooms.

In October 2016, Dr. GK Prabhu, MIT Director announced a major campus expansion plan[18] that plans to add five more buildings to the campus:

The MIT-KEF R&D Center[19] (which will be constructed off-site) for research in Civil Engineering (primarily off-site construction) and Architecture; a 'student plaza' at KC[20] that will replace several iconic buildings (basketball court, Student Activity Centre and a 30 year old building with shops) and serve as the new hub for all social activity; MIT Tech Shop, modelled after Hackerspaces 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; A new food court near the 15th and 16-17th hostel blocks, and a new hostel block (the 22nd) for female students.[21]

Of these new planned buildings, as of July 2017, the food court and the hostel block are in the final stages of completion, the student plaza is in the initial stages of construction and work is yet to begin on the research centre and the hackerspace.

Courses Offered[edit]

Manipal University offers 218 programs in 19 disciplines.[22] The programs are offered in the areas of Allied Health, Architecture, Basic & Advanced Sciences, Communication, Dentistry, Engineering, European Studies & Foreign Languages, Geopolitics & International Relations, Hospitality, Humanities, Information Sciences, Life Sciences, Management (MBA), Medicine, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Regenerative Medicine.[23]

The 2016 Acceptance rate of the university was 4.3% - with 6500 students getting accepted out of 150000 applicants.[24]


Manipal University Library system comprises of six libraries spread across its Medical and Engineering school campuses.[25] The largest library among them is the Health Sciences Library located in the main university building.


Budgetary provisions are given for research through capital allocations for the maintenance of animal facility, consumables, equipment etc. 1.5 crore (US$230,000)[26] was sanctioned to MIT in 2008–2009 towards funding innovation. MCOPS, Manipal sends its second-year postgraduate (PG) students for collaborative research programmes at R&D centres all over the country. Often the research carried out by them becomes a part of the intellectual property of the company.[26]

The Manipal Life Science Centre has a research team and is undertaking several research projects funded by DBT, DST, etc. MLSC is linked to several international research institutions such as Wistar Institute Philadelphia, University of Queensland, etc.

Manipal Advanced Research Group[edit]

The Manipal Advanced Research Group was formed in early 2006[27] with an aim to grow new research projects in fundamental sciences and promote interdisciplinary cooperation in areas between basic research, biomedical science and engineering.[28]

Notable alumni[edit]

Technology, business, politics[edit]


Media, Entertainment, Journalism, Literature[edit]



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