Empire feature: Manipal University

Manipal University

The late Dr Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai (1898 - 1979), a physician, educationist, banker and philanthropist, was the founder and builder of modern Manipal. He established educational, medical, banking and industrial enterprises of national importance and repute. Manipal has been involved with learning since its inception. Over the years, the Manipal Group has built educational institutions, providing inspiration to thousands of people.

Manipal University is recognised for imparting high quality professional education. It is the preferred destination for students from over 50 countries. The Manipal University (MU), established in 1993 under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, Government of India and today it has 20 constituent institutions comprising medical, dental, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, engineering, information sciences, management, communication, hotel management, biotechnology, life sciences, jewellary management... etc. The university offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in various specialities. Among the above institutions the flagship institution, viz. KMC Manipal and Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal has completed 50 years of service to the society in the field of medical, healthcare and engineering. The professional colleges were granted deemed university status because of their excellent track record and academic excellence. The consistent emphasis is on quality education has seen its degrees being recognized worldwide. 

With just five professional colleges to start with, this university has seen all-round development over the last fifteen years with diversified courses conducted through professional institutes of MU. This is a self-financing university with no support of grants from UGC or Government and with no concept of capitation fee. The tuition fee for students is fixed on the recommendation of the Committee of Experts appointed in consultation with UGC, taking into account of the various inputs required, recurring and non-recurring expenditure, so as to maintain the high standards in courses and disciplines.

Manipal’s link with other centers of learning across the globe has facilitated the exchange of knowledge and culture via their student and faculty exchange programs. The Twinning Programs, where the student completes the first two years of education at Manipal and then is transferred to the USA, UK or Australian affiliated universities to complete the course, are also extremely popular. The degree is then awarded by that foreign university.

The Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia was initiated in 1994 with an agreement between the Manipal Group, India and the state government of Melaka, Malaysia. This was the results of bilateral relationships between India and Malaysia, treaty signed by the two prime ministers of the respective countries. The innovate medical education program which is being offered are of world class facilities of these well-established institutions.

The American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) and MU have joined hands to provide one of the best educational experiences a medical student can have. The KMC International Center at Manipal was established to conduct a twinning program with the AUA. 

Manipal has the largest concentration of foreign students in India doing professional courses which also earns substantial amount of foreign exchange for the country. With the cumulative experience gained from producing over several thousand graduates, an excellent academic reputation, experienced faculty, excellent academic and clinical facilities, it boosts of an educational environment. Students from over 50 English-speaking countries worldwide come seeking education in this culturally diverse campus. Degrees from Manipal are recognized worldwide, thus making Manipal a hub of educational services. 

Manipal University believes in providing the finest in infrastructure and facilities to its students when it comes to learning and research. In fact some of the facilities like the Innovation Center - has served as a valuable ‘incubation center’ for industry and research. The Skills Lab and Anatomy Museum are considered amongst the best in the world. Besides Manipal University is compared with Nalanda of yore for its excellent academic reputation, experienced and dedicated faculty, outstanding clinical facilities, and a world-class environment that supports education. The university infrastructure includes air-conditioned lecture halls, skills lab, air-conditioned hostels, and multi-cousin air-conditioned food court. Campus provide a cosmopolitan and congenial atmosphere on which students create lifelong friendships.

Besides being an ISO 9001:2000 Certified University, it is home to many top 10 ranked institutions of India according to the survey. Kasturba Medical College, Manipal - Ranked amongst the Top 7 Medical Colleges of India (India Today); Manipal Institute of Technology - Ranked amongst the Top 6 Private Engineering colleges of India (Outlook); Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Management – Ranked the No. 1 Hotel Management college of India (Competition Success Review), Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences – Ranked amongst the Top 4 Pharmacy Colleges of India (The Week).

Manipal Group institutions are located on scenic campuses, which provide a high quality lifestyle and ideal environment for study. All campuses have excellent infrastructure for academic activities, sports and other extracurricular activities. The state-of-the-art health sciences library is fully air-conditioned, accommodates 1300 learners, over 52,000 books and over 600 journals. The facilities include Medline, Proquest medical library of online databases, audio visual, Cochrane library, e-learning, computer and Internet services. 

Manipal Education is one of the largest education services provider from India. The Manipal Group’s education network comprises of 2 Universities, 9 campuses, 30 professional colleges in India, besides colleges and university campuses in Nepal, Antigua, UAE and Malaysia offering 195 varied courses to 120,000 students and with over 2,70,000 alumni. Manipal institutions are home to the largest international student population in India – students from over 50 countries live, work and study together.

The prominent Manipal University Institutions are:

· Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
· Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
· Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal
· Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore
· Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal
· Manipal College of Nursing, Mangalore
· Manipal College of Nursing, Bangalore
· Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal 
· Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal 
· Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal 
· Manipal Centre for Information Science, Manipal
· Manipal Institute of Management, Manipal
· Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal
· Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal
· Manipal Life Sciences Centre, Manipal
· Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore 
· Manipal Institute of Jewellary Management, Manipal

All the professional colleges of Manipal University have excellent track record and are reputed for their academic excellence due to its consistent and stringent emphasis on quality of education. In fact, Manipal University is recognized as the first ISO 9001:2000 certified university in India. Manipal University has won the prestigious IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award – 2007 under Education Category.

January 2009

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