Global Exposure for Manipal University

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Every year Manipal University provides more than 20 thousand students the best in education and has in excess of 72 thousand alumni across the world who are active in various domains. At present, the university has the most international students in India when it comes to job oriented programs.

Manipal University Awards and Achievements

Following are the various awards and recognition conferred on Manipal University in the last decade:

  • ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certification
  • KMC Manipal ranked 6th among the best medical colleges in India in 2009 by an Outlook Magazine survey
  • International Asia Pacific Quality Award
  • MCODS, Manipal ranked No. 1 among the best dental colleges in India in 2009 by an Outlook Magazine survey
  • IMC- Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Award
  • MIT, Manipal ranked 6th among top engineering colleges in India in 2009 by an Outlook Magazine survey
  • FKCCI Export Excellence Award
  • WGSHA, Manipal ranked 4th among top management colleges in India in 2009 by an Outlook Magazine survey

Manipal University Highlights

Following are some of the reasons behind the high popularity enjoyed by the university:

  • 58 years of international standard professional education
  • State of the art infrastructure
  • Deemed university since 1993
  • One of the finest anatomy museums of the world
  • Multi campus and multi discipline university in India and abroad
  • One of the best libraries in Asia
  • A trend setter in higher education in private sector
  • Provides research through top class incubation and research centers
  • Campus covering more than 600 acres
  • Totally networked WiFi campus
  • 338 programs offered in 15 disciplines
  • International collaborations
  • Students from 52 countries
  • International twinning programs
  • 20 institutions and 4 teaching hospitals
  • Students exchange program from various countries
  • 2400 faculty members
  • Environment-friendly campus
  • 6600 employees

Manipal University Alumni

The quality of the education provided at Manipal University can be gauged from the following facts:

  • 25 percent of the doctors in Malaysia have studied at the university
  • The first astronaut of Malaysia is from the university
  • More than 3 thousand doctors in the US are previous students of the university

Manipal University Global Presence

  • The university is present in more than 20 countries
  • It has more than 9 campuses and 3 universities in Sikkim, UAE, Malaysia, Antigua, and Nepal

Manipal University Global Collaboration

The university provides skills and professional education along with industry bodies. It has entered into strategic partnerships with some of the leading organizations in India such as Bharti and ICICI. It equips students to find lucrative employment options in the following domains:

  • Banking and insurance
  • BPO
  • Retail
  • Entertainment
  • Telecom
  • Media

MEMG Major Investors

The Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) has come up with two separate educational entities – Manipal University and Manipal Universal Learning. Manipal University is a self financed deemed university that operates as a not for profit entity. It has 21 institutes and earns revenues amounting to approximately INR 800 crore. It is operated by Ramdas Pai.

Manipal Universal Learning (MUL) is commercially operated and runs colleges and universities in Malaysia, Antigua, Dubai, and Nepal. It earns almost 1200 crore rupees and is operated by Ranjan Pai. It runs almost as a corporate entity and has received investment from some of the leading venture capital funds and private equity firms.

This includes Premji Invests, the private investment organization owned by Azim Premji and Catamaran, a venture capital fund owned by NR Narayana Murthy. Both these entities have invested INR 200 crores each for shares. It also operates subsidiaries outside India and is looking to expand further.

It has also been recruiting the most established industry professionals in the most important managerial positions. It has recently recruited TV Mohandas Pai, the erstwhile CFO of Infosys.

Manipal University Expansion Plans

In the coming 3 years, Manipal University will be looking to establish 5 universities in various parts of India. It is expected that in their 10th year each of these institutes will have 25 thousand students.

The new universities will be emphasizing on inter disciplinary programs and let engineering students opt for humanities and design related courses in their minors. Manipal University Jaipur, one of these universities, has already started operations in July 2011 but it is presently functioning on a temporary basis.

The next university in this plan will be set up in Bangalore and the authorities have already received land for the same from the government. Ranjan and Mohandas Pai have recently had a meeting with Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik and it is expected that the 3rd university will be established in this East Indian state.

The two other locations are yet to be decided. The authorities assume that the universities will require at least INR 150 crore each to start operations. It is expected that by the 10th year the cost for each university could run into INR 500 crore.

Experts have stated that India’s GDP growth is directly related to its higher education. Parthenon, a strategic research organization, had estimated in 2008 that there were 13.8 million students across all the colleges in the country. They have estimated that the figure needs to reach the 21.5 million mark by 2014 to sustain a GDP growth rate of 8 to 9 percent.

Abhinav Mittal, the senior principal of Parthenon, has stated that for this to be achieved 1.3 million seats have to be added every year and that will entail a yearly capital expenditure of 13 thousand crores. He has stated that the government itself will not be able to bridge this gap.

In this situation, when generating the funds for creating educational institutes with high standards is getting tougher, then the inevitable question that comes up is why will a businessman of Ranjan Pai’s stature be keen in this sector?

The CEO of Manipal University Learning (MUL), Anand Sudarshan, has stated Ranjan Pai is not in the education sector for generating revenues – in fact he earns approximately 5 percent of revenues from his universities in India.

Anurag Behar, the co-CEO of Azim Premji Foundation and a close friend of Ranjan Pai, has stated that Pai is not a usual businessman who is worried about profit margins but believes in long term gains.

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Last Updated on 29 March 2012