Manipal University

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Madhav Nagar
Manipal, Karnataka 576104 , India
(0820) 2922532
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Approvals: UGC

About Manipal University

Manipal University is is a Deemed University in Manipal, Karnataka, India. It was formerly known as Manipal Academy of Higher Education or MAHE for short. It was in December 2006, that the name was officially changed to Manipal University, as the word academy did not indicate the status of a university. Dr Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai Manipal was it's founder. He saw a barren wasteland, a plateau with wild animals. It was this plateau that Dr TMA Pai decided to change. He transformed the plateau into what it now is. He turned the wilderness into a sanctuary of education. In 1953, he set up Kasturba Medical College, the first private medical college in the voluntary sector. And, with that began the story of Manipal University. Then, in 1957 came the engineering college, the dental college, pharmacy college and so on and so forth. Initially, these institutes were affiliated to different universities. Then in 1993, MAHE was accorded a deemed university status under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Today, it has 20 constituent institutions comprising medical, dental, engineering, architecture, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, management, communication, information science, hotel management, biotechnology, regenerative medicine etc. The university offers Bachelors’, Masters’ and Doctoral degrees in various specialities.

At the time of receiving the deemed university status, only five professional institutions existed. Encouraged by the new status, the University grew by leaps and bounds. The emphasis has always been, and still is, on quality education, which is why the degrees offered by the university are recognised world over. The University provides excellent educational facilities to over 17,000 students in its constituent colleges. It also has an active alumni base of over 65,000 students across the world.

Manipal University has branch campuses in Bangalore, Malaysia, Dubai and Antigua in the Caribbean Island. There is also a campus in Mangalore with a medical college, a dental college and a nursing college with attached teaching hospitals. MU has an international academic collaboration for twinning programmes in engineering with universities in the US, UK, Australia and other countries. Manipal Group institutions are located on scenic campuses, which provide high quality lifestyle and ideal environment for study. All campuses have excellent infrastructure for academic activities, sports and other extracurricular activities. The infrastructure includes air-conditioned lecture halls, skills lab, air-conditioned hostels, and multi-cuisine food court. The state-of-the-art health sciences library is fully air-conditioned, accommodates 1300 learners and has over 62,000 books and over 600 journals. Other facilities on the campus include gym, swimming pools, and football and cricket grounds. The new indoor sports complex is perhaps one of its kind in Asia. The complex has five badminton courts, four squash courts, three tennis courts, a basketball court, gymnasiums and a walking track.

Campuses - Manipal University has 2 campuses one each in Dubai and Malaysia.

  • MMMC - The Melaka Manipal Medical College was conceived from the ‘Look East Policy’ of the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to provide more Malaysian students the opportunity to achieve their aspirations to become doctors and healthcare professionals. This led to the signing of an agreement in New Delhi in 1993, between Manipal University and the college. It provides BDS and MBBS degrees. The college campus in Melaka is located on a twenty two acre layout which contains the administration building, lecture halls, library, laboratory complex, auditorium, student hostels, faculty housing and sports amenities. The campus is a convenient five-minute walk from Melaka General Hospital. The clinical teaching programme in Malaysia is conducted at the Melaka General Hospital (800 beds), Muar Hospital (400 beds), Tangkak Hospital (86 beds) and all the Community Health Centres in Melaka with specialist teaching and clinical facilities.
  • Manipal Dubai Campus - It was initially established in 2000, however the exponential growth saw the campus shift to Knowledge Village in September 2003 before finally moving to its modern sprawling campus at Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) in September 2006. Currently Dubai Campus is facilitating over 1600 students manifest their dreams into reality through its various programs. It offers various certificates, graduate and post graduate programmes in management, biotech, fashion design, engineering etc.

Location - Manipal University is located on the west coast of South India.

Transportation - Manipal is well connected by road, rail and air. There are two main cities close to Manipal that serve as entry points - Udupi and Mangalore. Udupi is 5 kms from Manipal and Mangalore is 65 km away.

  • By Air - Manipal is connected to the rest of the world through the international airport in Mangalore, which takes an hour and half to travel to by road. There are regular flights from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Besides, most countries in the Gulf have direct flights to Mangalore. Those that do not have direct flights are connected otherwise. Pre-paid taxis are available at Mangalore airport.
  • By Road - Manipal is well connected with all the major cities in Karnataka, Kerala, Goa etc. Buses run between Mangalore and Manipal frequently. Direct buses are also available from Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai and other cities.
  • By Train - The closest railway stations are Udupi and Mangalore. These railway stations lie on the Konkan route connecting the North and the South along the west coast. Delhi and Mumbai (to the north) and Ernakulam (to the south) are linked to Udupi station. Mangalore station is connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Calicut, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mumbai and other major cities. Those travelling from Kolkata can travel via Chennai/ Mumbai/ Bangalore/ Goa and then take a connecting train to Mangalore. There is also a train operating from Jammu to Mangalore once a week For more information check www.indianrail.gov.in

Constituent Colleges


  1. Kasturba Medical College Manipal
  2. Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  3. KMC International Centre, Manipal
  4. Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science, Gangtok
  5. Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal campus, (also known as the International Centre for Health Sciences (ICHS)); Melaka Manipal Medical College, Malaysia campus
  6. Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal


  1. Manipal Life Science Centre, Manipal


  1. Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal
  2. Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore


  1. Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal

Allied Health

  1. Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal


  1. Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal


  1. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
  2. International Centre for Applied Sciences, Manipal
  3. Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Rangpo

Information Science

  1. Manipal Centre for Informational Science


  1. Business Management - Manipal Institute of Management
  2. Hotel Management - Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration
  3. Jewellery Management - Manipal Institute of Jewellery Management

Communication & Journalism

  1. Manipal Institute of Communication

Regenerative Medicine

  1. Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine


Classrooms - The University has centrally air-conditioned classrooms. Technological has been leveraged for better student-teacher interaction, productivity and communication. It makes teaching and learning simpler and enjoyable. The Interact is a four-storey building with 16 classrooms and is used by the students of KMC, KMCIC, MMMC, MCOAHS and MCOPS and others for their lectures. Each classroom can accommodate over a hundred students. The seating arrangement is such that the students get an unhindered view of the faculty and teaching aids from all sides. All halls have public address system as well. Similarly, on the MIT campus there are 16 halls with all the facilities same as the Interact. Four of these halls can accommodate 120 students and the rest 90. MIT will soon get an additional 65 classrooms with all these facilities when the new block comes up.

Hostels - Manipal University has a separate hostel section under the management of Hostel Management Committee. All the hostels of the University are divided into three campuses. The hostels of medical, dental and para medical colleges at Manipal are grouped under Chief Warden, MU, Manipal Campus; the hostels of engineering, management and other colleges located at Manipal Institute of Technology complex are grouped under Chief Warden, MIT Campus; and the hostels at Mangalore Campus are grouped under Chief Warden, Mangalore Campus. Each hostel has a Warden from the teaching faculty of the colleges who is responsible for the discipline, maintenance of building, allotment of rooms etc. The hostel staff consists of caretakers/ block supervisors, other attendants and maintenance staff. There are messes located at different areas of the Campus combined and also separately for boys and girls. Student can choose to be a member of any of these messes. Membership in any one of these messes is compulsory for students staying in MIT campus and Mangalore campus. This is not applicable for health sciences campus. However, all first year students of Health Sciences Campus are required to dine in one of the messes located in the campus: i.e. either Food Court Mess or RKHS Mess. This is due to Health/safety concerns and Security reasons. It is desirable that all students stay in the University Hostels. It is mandatory for all first year students to reside in the Hostels. However, first year students desirous of staying outside under own arrangements must submit a consent letter from their Parents duly recommended by their HOI and forward it to Director, Student Affairs for necessary permission. These students must also give their local address, contact/mobile number and subsequent changes if any to their College Office and Director, student Affairs without fail.

CCF - Central Computing Facility caters to the computing needs of the faculty and students for their research and teaching. CCF supports and enhances the educational mission of the institute, for enriching the educational experience of the students, faculty and the staff and supporting their academic activities. It has a user base of more than 1500 users. Central Computing Facility has seven state of the art servers, windows labs and programming and application software. Central Computing Facility is connected to all the academic departments, library and other departments. It has a power back up through an 80 KVA UPS and generator set. Air conditioning is provided by the central air conditioning plant. Central Computing Facility is situated in three floors of Innovation Centre, Academic Block 4 , having a total computers of 243, 7 high end HP Proliant G3 Servers and one 16 TB storage capacity provided by EMC2 . The CCF has around 250 computer terminals equipped with latest technology. The computer terminals, keyboards, processors, and other hardware are upgraded on regular basis to keep up with the latest technology.

Libraries - Manipal University has some of the best libraries in Asia. There are six major central libraries as under Health sciences Library Manipal, Health sciences Library Mangalore, MIT (Manipal Institute of Technology) Library, MIC (Manipal institute of communication) Library, WGHSA Library and MIM Library. MIT is the Central Library. Each of these libraries can be accessed by any MU student. Besides these central libraries, each constituent institute has its own library besides these central libraries. There are also small department level libraries in all of the institutes. The library facilities include Medline, Proquest medical library of online databases, audio-visual, Cochrane library, e-learning, computer and Internet services. The Skills Lab and Anatomy Museum are considered amongst the best in the world.

Simulation Lab - The Medical Simulation Centre of Manipal University is a new concept in the field of medical education. Conventional learning in health sciences has always centred around bedside learning of examination skills. Based on findings elicited by this examination, the student is taught to diagnose and manage disease conditions. However, this method has its limitations as relatively inexperienced students have to learn assessment skills on patients, sometimes putting patients through a lot of discomfort. Besides, the number of students who can examine and learn such skills on a real patient is limited. Students of all constituent colleges under the Manipal University including Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health colleges will be trained at this centre. Select courses can be tailored even for other employees of the university, police, fire fighters, ambulance drivers and even the lay public.

Freeships and Scholarships - Candidates admitted to MBBS, BDS and BPharm courses within the first 500 ranks of the respective merit list of Manipal University are offered 100% freeships. Such freeships are limited to upto 5% of the total seats under the General category. Candidates admitted to BE Course within the first 1000 ranks of the merit list of Manipal University are offered 100% freeships . Such freeships are limited upto 5% of the total seats under general category in each branch. Various scholarships are given by MU like AICTE scholarship, GE scholarship etc. The quantum of scholarship and the number of scholarships are subject to change from time to time.

SBI Student Loan - Manipal University has tied up with State Bank of India to provide student loans at concessional rates at SBI, Manipal Branch. Loans upto Rs. 7.50 lakh is offered without any collateral in the name of Student and Parent/Guardian. At present, this facility is available only to those admitted to Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal and Mangalore. Plans are on the unveil to extend the facility to the students of other institutions also. SBI considers all other Students also, studying at Manipal University as preferential customer in providing Education Loans at SBI branches nearer to their native places. Details can be had from SBI website www.statebankofindia.com or www.sbi.co.in Also, queries can be made to SBI, Manipal branch or “0820 4291141”.

Syndvidyarthi - Syndicate Bank is introducing ’Syndvidyarthi’, a standby Overdraft facility for non local students of 18 years of age and above pursuing professional courses. Coverage under this scheme can be provided to all eligible students irrespective of whether or not they have availed an education Loan from Syndicate bank or any other banks. It is not just a loan facility, it is a financial convenience at prime lending rate upto quantum of Rs. 10000/-. The purpose is to meet the recurring expenses of contingent nature that may have to be incurred by non-local students pursuing professional courses. A no frills, zero balance savings bank account, similar to SyndSamanya, shall be opened under the head ’SyndVidyarthi’ by the eligible student in which account debits upto the sanctioned limit may be permitted. The students availing this facility will also be issued debit cards for operating the account provided the branch opening the account is authorised to issue debit cards.

Counselling Centre - Having joined a professional course, a student can face a number of situations that place several demands physically and psychologically. There are times when students tend to feel too stressed out. That is when the student affairs department takes up the counselling aspect to put the student back on his feet. Certain personal issues can have a devastating effect on the normal life of some students and peer group may not always be helpful. Being away from home, in a new environment, can be distressing at times. In all these situations, our counsellor can help the student feel more comfortable in the new environment. Therefore, our counsellor is the person a student can turn to in times of need. The Centre provides total privacy to students who need guidance and counselling. All matters discussed are kept strictly confidential.

Medicare - All students are covered with Medicare which entitles them general hospitalization including drugs (excluding diet) and outpatient benefits (excluding drugs, materials, etc).

Sports Facilities - All the sports activities at Manipal University are conducted under the supervision of the University Sports Council headed by the Pro Chancellor as the Chairperson and Vice Chancellor as the Vice Chairperson of the council. The Deputy Registrar is the Secretary and the Registrar, Director, Student Affairs, Director, General Services, Director Finance, Director, Projects and all the Heads of constituent institutes and Directors of Physical Education are the members of this council. In addition to this, there are staff sports advisors in each college, who are also part of this council. Every year, one of the Directors of Physical Education will be elected as Chief Sports Coordinator who will oversee the University sports activities under the guidance of the Secretary, Sports Council. The main function of the University Sports Council is to organise the inter-college sports events among the students of constituent colleges and select the best among them for the University team to represent the university at inter-university tournaments. It also organises staff sports events annually. The sports infrastructure at Manipal University is broadly categorised into three major facilities: Medical Campus Sports Facility, Manipal, Medical Campus Sports Facility, Mangalore and MIT Campus Sports Facility, Manipal. Any Manipal University student can avail any of the three facilities as per his/her convenience. All Manipal University institutes have access to these facilities.

Research - MIT also has interdisciplinary labs constituted under the Innovation Centre, where several research programmes in emerging areas such as Nanotechnology, Ad hoc wireless networks, nuclear engineering, VLSI design and Pattern recognition are being pursued. Under the MARG (Manipal Advanced Research Group) umbrella, both theoretical and experimental aspects of contemporary basic research are included and will be pursued through independent collaborations spanning the disciplines involved. Scientists and students interested in pursuing collaborative research in specific topics are encouraged to contact MARG, indicating their research interests.

International Students - The Office of International Admissions of Manipal University (MU) is the nodal point for international students. Foreign/ NRI students from abroad (outside India) will generally be admitted at the beginning of the academic year commencing in July/ August every year. MU earmarks certain percentage of seats for international students which include, foreign citizens, PIO Card Holders, OCI (Overseas Citizens of India- Dual Citizens), Non-Resident Indians under the Foreign/ NRI category. The admissions are based on merit and marks/grades obtained in the qualifying examination. The international students are not required to take the entrance examination conducted by Manipal University for resident Indian students. Just sent in an email to the Office of International Admissions for any further details.

Innovation Centre - The aim of the Centre is to nurture the Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurial skills of the students, faculty and people of the region. Facilities include - State of the art lab facility for design, emulation, testing for electrical sciences.

Dr. TMA Pai International Conventional Centre, Mangalore - In keeping with world-class standards across all infrastructures built by the University, the majestic Dr TMA Pai International Convention Centre, in the heart of Mangalore, primarily caters to the needs of the institutions in the coastal city of Dakshin Kannada. It has a total built-up area of 180,000 sq.ft. with a basement parking space for 200 cars.This state-of-the-art convention centre is one of its kind in the country. It is centrally air-conditioned and can accommodate about 3000 persons. The convention centre has two domes with a height of 32.4 and 29.9 metres each from the basement. The common lobby for the entrance with the elevators and escalator are the added attraction.

Food Courts - MIT Food Court and MU Food Court provide catering facilities to the students, teachers and visitors

Hotels - Manipal has good and pleasant accommodation facilities for any visitors. Visitors can book their stay prior to visit to avoid any problems.


  • It is an ISO 9001:2008 certified University
  • Manipal University has been certified as an ISO 14001:2004 organisation which is a series of voluntary standards on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) developed and maintained by ISO. The ISO 14000 family addresses “Environmental Management". This means what the organisation does to; minimise harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities and continually improve its environmental performance. At Manipal, ‘‘Sustainable Development” is not a mere slogan but has become a way of life.
  • It is home to many top 10 ranked institutions of India.
  • Manipal University has won the prestigious IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award
  • It also won International Asia Pacific Quality Award during 2007- 2008.
  • Manipal is proud of its ‘No Smoking Campus’. Rain water harvesting, conservation and recycling of water, state-of-the-art waste disposal systems, energy saving devices and use of solar energy wherever possible are a few innovative methods which have made the atmosphere in Manipal very eco-friendly.
  • Students from 52 countries are studying Manipal University. This is a testimony to it's fame.

Information compiled from : Manipal University Website
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