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The Department of Medical Education, seeks to transform medical education in the service of advancing the health needs of the community using innovative workshops which are held for medical teachers, basic (undergraduate) and postgraduate medical students. 

The Department of Medical Education of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal was established in 1985 by Dr. A. Krishna Rao, Professor of Physiology and Former Dean, KMC, Manipal. The Department nurtures and supports the development of a medical teacher in his/her multiple academic roles.


 Aim: To make teaching and learning more effective in all phases of education including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education 

  • To conduct the Revised Basic Medical Education Technologies Workshop as per the MCI directives for the faculty of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.
  • Sensitize teachers about new concepts in teaching and assessment methods.
  • Develop knowledge and clinical skills required for performing the role of competent and effective teacher, administrator, researcher and mentor.
  • Assist clinicians to acquire competency in communication and behavioural skills.
  • Update knowledge using modern information and research methodology tools.


Head and Coordinator:

Dr Pragna Rao, Dean, KMC, Manipal and Professor of Biochemistry


Faculty Members:

Dr. Krishnananda Prabhu, Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry

Dr. Kirtana Raghurama Nayak, Professor& Head, Department of Physiology

Dr. Leslie Lewis, Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Veena Nayak, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Ravindra Maradi, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Dr. Kirthinath Ballala, Associate Professor Department of Community Medicine.

Dr. Arvind Kumar Pandey, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy.

Dr. Ajay Bhandarkar, Associate Professor, Department of ENT

Dr. Prakash P Y, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology

Dr. Vikram Palimar, Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine

Dr. Samir Kumar Praharaj, Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Varashree B S, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry


Honorary Faculty

Dr. A. Krishna Rao, Emeritus Professor, Department of Physiology, Former Dean, KMC, Manipal

Dr. K. Ramnarayan, Chairperson –Manipal University Jaipur, Vice President Faculty Development, Former Vice Chancellor, MAHE


Non-Teaching Staff

Mr. Venkataramana G

Mr. Dheeraj.


Contact Information:

Dr Pragna Rao,


Head, Department of Medical Education

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

Manipal-576104. Karnataka.

Phone (0820) 2922449