T. M. A. Pai

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Tonse Madhav Ananth Pai
T. M. A. Pai bust.jpg
Bust of T. M. A. Pai at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal
Born(1898-04-30)30 April 1898
Died29 May 1979
Alma materManipal University
Karnatak University
Spouse(s)Sharada Pai, Died on 14 March 1982
ChildrenMohandas Pai, Ramdas Pai, Panduranga Pai, Malathi Shenoy, Suneethi Nayak, Narayana Pai, Vasanthi Shenai, Jayanthi Pai, Ashok Pai, Indumathi Pai, Asha Pai
RelativesRamesh Pai
AwardsPadma Shri (1972)

Dr. Tonse Madhav Ananth Pai, abbreviated: T. M. A. Pai, (30 April 1898 – 29 May 1979), was an Indian doctor, educationist, banker and philanthropist, most well known for building the university town of Manipal, Karnataka, India.

He was first to start a private, self-financing medical college offering MBBS in India. Pai established the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in 1953 and Manipal Institute of Technology in 1957, which was followed by a string of other education institutions including Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal College of Dental Sciences and Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He, along with his brother Upendra Pai, also established Syndicate Bank originally in Udupi, Karnataka, which has its headquarters now in Manipal and Bangalore. He was responsible for its popular Pigmy Deposit Scheme.


Dr. T M A Pai was conferred the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1972.[1] He was awarded the degree of D.Litt. by the Karnataka University in 1973 and the Andhra University in 1975.

The Government of India brought out a stamp commemorating Pai on 9 October 1999. Pai has also been recognized by Ripley's Believe It or Not as the person who has established the most number of educational institutions in his lifetime.[2]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ TAPMI