T. M. A. Pai
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|Tonse Madhav Ananth Pai|
Bust of T. M. A. Pai at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal
30 April 1898|
Udupi, Madras Presidency
|Died||29 May 1979
|Alma mater||Manipal University
|Spouse(s)||Sharada Pai, Died on 14 March 1982|
|Children||Ranjan Pai, Mohandas Pai, Ramdas Pai, Panduranga Pai, Malathi Shenoy, Suneethi Nayak, Narayana Pai, Vasanthi Shenai, Jayanthi Pai, Ashok Pai, Indumathi Pai, Asha Pai|
|Awards||Padma 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.
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.