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Friday, March 27, 2015

History of Manipal University

History of Manipal University

In 1953, T.M.A. Pai founded India's first private medical school, Kasturba Medical College, and five years later the Manipal Institute of Technology was formed. Ramdas Pai took over the management in 1979 after the death of T.M.A. Pai. Initially all degrees were awarded by Karnataka University and later Mysore University. From 1980 to 1993 they were awarded by Mangalore University. The current organizational structure was formed in 1993, when Manipal University (then known as the Manipal Academy of Higher Education) was accorded deemed university status by the University Grants Commission. The university is certified as an ISO 14001:2004 organization. In, 2007, it rebranded itself as Manipal University. The legal name remains the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

The electrical engineering department was established in the year 1960.It consisted of only Btech program with only 4 teachers. The department had a very primitive lab setup called electrical machines labs. Over the last 50 years, the department is now having more than 50 members in the faculty, and extremely high-tech labs such as AC- machines labs, DC- machines labs, transformers labs, high voltage labs, lighting labs, power electronics labs, lighting simulation labs, MATLAB and many other software labs have been added.

Below are some of the improvements in the last 50 years.

MIT Manipal's campus is located 65 kilometres (37 mi) north of Mangalore. The campus is located five kilometres from Udupi's railway station and is spread over an area of 188 acres (76.0 ha) housing 10 academic buildings, and 21 residential buildings, with a total capacity of 6,080 inhabitants. There are three entrances to the campus: one near Academic Block 1, one near 12th Block and one at KC (Kamath Circle: the center of the campus).

The catering is handled by the MIT Food Court, MIT Cafeteria, and other messes on campus. The MIT Food Court, with a seating capacity of 1200 people, caters to the food needs of about 840 people daily. MIT Cafeteria serves snacks and lunch, and is in the vicinity of academic buildings. Adithya Mess, Annapoorna Mess, Akshaya Mess, Ananya Mess and Ashraya Mess serve food for students from around the world. Ananya Mess and Ashraya Mess are for women only.

Most of MIT buildings have a number (or a number and a letter) designation and some have a name as well. Typically, academic and office buildings are referred to by their names and residential blocks by their numbers. The assignment of building numbers roughly corresponds to the order in which they were built. Many of the academic buildings are connected above ground by footbridges.

The campus has continuous water and power supply. MU's campus-wide wireless network was completed in May 2009 and is designed to support up to 14000 users.

Academic buildings

The Innovation Centre

The major academic buildings are in five blocks, the last one built in 2010. The heart of the campus is the Main Academic Block (Academic Block 1, formerly called the Quadrangle) built in the 1950s. It houses most engineering departments and plays host to most functions of the college including Revels, the cultural fest, and TechTatva, the technical festival.

In addition to the engineering departments, it houses:

·         the Office of the Director

·         the Offices of the Associate Directors

·         Student Welfare Office

·         Training and Placement Cell

The adjacent Civil and Architecture block was built in the 1980s. This block houses the Faculty of Architecture, the Departments of Physics, Civil Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Printing Technology and the Office of the Controller of Examinations of Manipal University.

Constructed in 2006, the Innovation Centre houses the R&D arms of companies such as Phillips and EMC2. The Centre houses several computer labs with Windows and Linux platforms. In July 2009, all the academics buildings were renamed; Innovation Center was renamed as Academic Block 4, but it is still referred to by students as IC.


16th and 17th Blocks, MIT hostels

Undergraduate students are guaranteed four-year housing in one of MIT's twenty-one hostel buildings. Housing assignments are made based on the preferences of the students themselves at the beginning of every academic year, subject to vacancy. Priority in allotment is decided by seniority and then GPA of the student in later semesters. The construction of four new men's hostel buildings with 360 rooms each was completed in July 2009. Both, air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms are available to students. Each set of rooms has a common area where students can watch TV, and play table tennis. There are facilities for gym and indoor sports in certain hostels. The 9th block is considered as the most coveted block amongst the senior boys then followed by 10th Block and others. Construction of new Boys and Girls Hostels have also started in 2012. In the year 2012, VII Block was converted to a Boys Block as the female students were shifted to the newly constructed Girls hostel in front of it.

The total housing capacity on the MIT campus is of 7050 students, of which 75% is for men, and 25% is for women. Of this, 95% is occupied by under-graduate students.

Hostel security is strict about students using motorised vehicles.

Collaborations and Exchange programs

Partner universities

·         Saint-Etienne - Du-Rouvray, Esigelec, France

·         Hochschule Bremen - University for Applied Science-Germany

·         Queensland University of Technology - Australia

AIESEC Manipal University

AIESEC Manipal University, a local chapter of AIESEC, the world's largest youth-run organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. The various types of exchange programs offered are management, technical, educational and developmental, the time span for which may vary from 6 weeks to 18 months.

IAESTE India, LC Manipal

IAESTE India LC Manipal is the flagship student exchange program of Manipal University. IAESTE India LC Manipal being the Local Chapter of IAESTE which is the largest student run organisation of its kind, is a fully supported student run organization by Manipal University and its constituent colleges to provide a plethora of opportunities for students to enhance their careers by pursuing technical internships abroad. It provides students the unique opportunity to apply for paid internships ranging from 6 to 52 weeks in the best of Companies & Universities in over 80 countries across the world

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