Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

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Kasturba Medical College
Manipal University Logo
Motto in English
Inspired by Life
ChancellorRamdas Pai
DeanPragna Rao[1]
Location, ,
13°21′9.06″N 74°47′14.00″E / 13.3525167°N 74.7872222°E / 13.3525167; 74.7872222Coordinates: 13°21′9.06″N 74°47′14.00″E / 13.3525167°N 74.7872222°E / 13.3525167; 74.7872222
AffiliationsMedical Council of India

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (KMC) is a medical college based in Manipal, Karnataka, India. Established by T.M.A. Pai on 30 June 1953,[2] KMC was the first self-financing medical college in India. Today, students from 44 countries have graduated from KMC, and the medical degree (MBBS) is recognized worldwide, including by the General Medical Council, ECFMG, Australian Medical Council and Malaysian Medical Council among several others. KMC was under the purview of the Mangalore University. In 1993, the government of India granted Deemed University status to Manipal University (formerly known as MAHE) which saw KMC coming under its wing. KMC has exchange programs with Loma Linda University, United States, Operation Eyesight Universal, Canada, Dundee University, Dundee, Scotland, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States and Maastricht University, Netherlands.It is recognized as top 10 medical universities in India.


The college started with the pre-clinical section at Manipal and the students had to go to Mangalore for their clinical training. With the clinical program commencing at Manipal in 1969 with the setting up of Kasturba Hospital, it became a full-fledged independent college and Mangalore becoming a separate constituent college, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore.

Today the colleges are clubbed together under the name Kasturba Medical College and share a common entrance exam, chancellor and several facilities among other things, with the colleges 45 minutes apart by road.

The degree certificates are provided under the name of Kasturba Medical College (Manipal University) to students of the colleges at a common graduation ceremony held at the T M A Pai Convention Centre in Mangalore.


Edu Building, administrative block and the central library

Manipal is in the rocky hinterland of the Malabar Coast of southwest Karnataka, about 8 km from the Arabian Sea; the town gets its name from the Lake "Mannupalla" which has been anglicized to Manipal ("mannu" means mud and "palla" means stream in Tulu). On a plateau, a few kilometers from the temple town of Udupi, it commands a stunning view of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats to the east.

It is a center of academic learning, healthcare, industry and finance; the township includes two universities, 24 professional colleges, affiliated institutes and numerous primary and high schools. It boasts of more than 90,000 students from over 30 countries thus being one of the most preferred choices of students, faculty and industry alike. Manipal University campus covers 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land with 15,000 inhabitants and is built on laterite rock.


University and college rankings
Medical - India
India Today (2018)[3]12
Outlook India (2018)[4]10, 22
The Week (2017)[5]9, 26

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal was ranked 12 among medical colleges in India in 2018 by India Today[3] ninth by The Week in 2017,[5] and tenth by Outlook India.[4]

Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore was ranked 22nd by Outlook India in 2018[4] and 26th by The Week.[5]


Interact AC classrooms

The college is recognized by the Medical Council of India[6] since the first graduating batch of KMC in 1958.[2]

Admission to undergraduate courses[edit]

Admission to Kasturba Medical College is through NEET conducted by the National Testing Agency(NTA). Contrary to common perception all seats in Manipal are based on NEET rankings and there are no management seats.[7][8]

MAP (Museum of Anatomy and Pathology)[edit]

Started in the early 60s by Godbole, the collection, of about 3000 original specimens, is perhaps the only one of its kind in Asia; the museum also displays cross sectional specimens, radiographs, skeletons of human and other vertebrates, radiographs and developmental anatomy models.


The renovated anatomy and pathology museum of Manipal University was inaugurated by Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, director general, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi on 10 November 2012.[9][10] The museum gets a name and will be known by the acronym MAP – Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. For students, it is a learning aid and for the visitors, MAP is a storehouse of knowledge; the specimens have been there for close to 40 years. The renovated museum with its new ambiance will be an added attraction for hundreds and thousands of visitors.

The museum is divided into two main sections: Anatomy and Pathology; the anatomy section displays specimens of normal human body parts and organs in manner which makes it easy to understand. Each organ system of the human body can be explored as a separate entity; every bit of the body is displayed from head to toe from different sections.

There is a section on comparative anatomy, where large collection of animals, their skeleton and bones are displayed; the museum of pathology displays diseased body parts and organs. The section on lifestyle related diseases displays specimens of diseases that occur in humans. In addition to the specimens, there are graphics and other information to read and understand.[11]

Teaching hospitals[edit]



  • Manipal Goa Cancer and General Hospital


  1. ^ "Leadership". Manipal University. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Manipal Education Archived 16 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2018: Medical". India Today. 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Top 25 Medical Colleges In 2018". Outlook India. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Medical Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  6. ^ "College and Course Search". www.mciindia.org. MCI India. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ "MUOET (Manipal University Online Entrance Test)". Manipal University.
  8. ^ "Manipal Medical(MAHE)Entrance Exam". Aakash Institute.
  9. ^ "Renovated museum of anatomy inaugurated in Manipal". The Hindu.
  10. ^ "Nobel laureate Dr Pachauri inaugurates renovated Museum of Anatomy and Pathology". Manipal University.
  11. ^ "Pachauri to open renovated anatomy museum today". Deccan Herald.

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