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Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Manipal University logo.png
Former name
Manipal University
Motto in English
Inspired By Life
TypePrivate Deemed university
FounderT. M. A. Pai
ChancellorRamdas Pai
Vice-ChancellorH. Vinod Bhat
Location, ,
Colours         Black and Orange
AffiliationsACU, UGC, NAAC, PCI, AIU

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, formerly known as Manipal University, is a private research institute deemed to be university located in the university town of Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India. Manipal Academy of Higher Education has branch campuses in Malaysia, Dubai and Mangalore. It also has sister campuses in Sikkim and Jaipur. The institute is one of the first six institutes to be awarded the Institute of Eminence status in 2018.[1]


List of vice chancellors

In 1953, Dr. 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 Pai's death. Initially all degrees were awarded by Karnataka 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 Manipal Academy of Higher Education was accorded deemed university status by the University Grants Commission.[7] Manipal Academy of Higher Education is certified as an ISO 14001:2004 organization.[8] In 2007, it rebranded itself as Manipal University.[9] The legal name remained the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.[10] In November 2017 the UGC requested to drop the word "University" from the name[11] and the institute went back to its former name.


Manipal Academy of Higher Education offers 218 programs in 19 disciplines.[12] 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.[13]

The 2016 acceptance rate of the institute was 4.3% - with 6,500 students getting accepted out of 150,000 applicants.[14]


Institute rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2020)[15]701-750
QS (Asia) (2020)[16]239
QS (BRICS) (2019)[17]120
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[18]14
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[19]8
Pharmacy – India
NIRF (2020)[20]7

Internationally, Manipal Academy of Higher Education was ranked 701-750 in the QS World University Rankings of 2020.[15] The same rankings ranked it 239 in Asia in 2020[16] and 120 among BRICS nations in 2019.[17]

In India, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Manipal Academy of Higher Education 14th overall[18] and 8th among universities in 2020.[19] NIRF also ranked the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences seventh in India.[20]

Campuses in Manipal[edit]

The campus covers 600 acres (2.4 km2)[21] of land and is centered in the university town of Manipal. The campus is divided into the health sciences campus (KMC,MCHP,MCODS,WGSHA) and the MIT campus (MIT, MSAP, DOC, MIC, MIM).

Manipal Institute of Technology campus[edit]

MIT Academic Block 1 - Quadrangle

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, G.K. Prabhu, MIT Director announced a major campus expansion plan.[22]


Manipal Academy of Higher Education library system comprises six libraries spread across its Medical and Engineering school campuses.[23]


Budgetary provisions are given for research through capital allocations for the maintenance of animal facility, consumables, equipment etc. 15 million (US$210,000)[24] was sanctioned to the Manipal Institute of Technology 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.[24]

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, and many more.

Manipal Advanced Research Group[edit]

The Manipal Advanced Research Group was formed in early 2006[25] with an aim to grow new research projects in fundamental sciences and promote interdisciplinary cooperation in areas between basic research, biomedical science and engineering.[26]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Shamsheer Vayalil , an Indian radiologist and businessman. He is the founder, chairman and managing director of VPS Healthcare Group, and the vice chairman and managing director of Amanat Holdings, a healthcare and education investment company
  • Vinod K Jose: Journalist and Editor of The Caravan
  • Nag Ashwin, an Indian film director.
  • Nithya Menen,an Indian actress
  • Disha Oberoi, popularly known as RJ Disha, is a Radio Jockey from Bangalore, India. She works as RJ in one of the popular radio station Red FM 93.5.
  • Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia[27]
  • Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft[28]
  • Arun Shenoy, Grammy Award-nominated musician[29]
  • Anant J Talaulicar, president and CEO, Cummins India Ltd[30]
  • Anogh Acharya, Noted filmmaker
  • Chong Wei Min Professor of Medicine MAHSA University, Malaysia
  • Mirza Faizan, Indian aerospace scientist who developed the Ground Reality Information Processing System (GRIPS)[31]
  • Vikas Khanna, Michelin Guide Star Chef[32]
  • Annapoorna Kini, American cardiologist and a Professor of Cardiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City[33]
  • Pradeep Adatrow, American Periodontist and Prosthodontist, Professor of Surgical Prosthodontics at University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN[34][35]
  • Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysian orthopaedic surgeon and the first Malaysian astronaut[36]
  • Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Indian politician and Multimillionaire entrepreneur who is currently serving as Member of Parliament in the upper house (Rajya Sabha) of the Indian Parliament[37]
  • Varun Mayya CEO and Founder of Jobspire


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External links[edit]

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