The Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS) was started in 2011 under the Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG). The primary aim of MCNS is to nurture fundamental research in the Natural Sciences and grow into a hub of excellence within Manipal Academy of Higher Education. In 2012, the fledgling MCNS came into its own as a Centre of Excellence under Manipal Academy of Higher Education. It is one of the first dedicated “all-research” Centers to be started within a University.                                                               

From its inception, a unique and vibrant academic program has been initiated and integrated with existing research at partner institutions in India and abroad. Building on its core strength in physics, the Centre is making efforts to expand its research activities in to other disciplines viz. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Chemistry and Mathematics, as a part of an ambitious mandate. 


               Director (I/C):  Dr. M Prithviraj   

               Email: prithviraj.m@manipal.edu


              Board of Advisors:



(a)      Physics


  •          Nuclear Physics            


                                   Dr. K.V.Subbaiah, Consultant Professor & Radiological Safety Officer (RSO)


                                  Dr. V. Gopalakrishnan, Consultant Professor

                                  Email: gopal.v@manipal.edu                                        

                                  Mr. Sachin Shet,  Staff Scientist 

                                  Email:  shet.sachin@manipal.edu                      


  •          Astronomy & Astrophysics                                                                                                       


                                  Dr. Kazuyuki Furuuchi, Associate Professor

                                  Email: kazuyuki.furuuchi@manipal.edu

                                  Dr. Debbijoy Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor


                                  Mr. Krishna Mohan, Ph.D. Scholar

                                  Email:  krishna.mohana@learner.manipal.edu

                                  Ms. Sanna Gulati, Ph.D. Scholar

                                  Email: sanna.gulati@learner.maipal.edu

                                  Ms. Suvedha Suresh Naik, Ph.D. Scholar

                                  Email: suvedha.nail@learner.manipal.edu    

                                  Mr. B. Ananthamoorthy, Ph.D. Scholar  

                                  Email: anantha.moorthy@learner.manipal.edu

                                  Ms. Swathi B, JRF                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Email:  swathi.b5@learner.manipal.ed                           


(b)      Science of Earth, Oceans and Space

  •         Earth Science & Planetary Science Group  


                                 Dr. M Prithviraj (I/C Director)

                                 Email: prithviraj.m@manipal.edu


  •        Evolutionary Biology             


                                     Dr. Vivek Pandi, Assistant Professor

                                     Email: vivek.pandi@manipal.edu  

(c)        Non-teaching / Support Staff:


  •         Administrative staff

                           • Ms. Veena Kumari, Senior Executive, Director’s office

                              Email: veenag.nayak@manipal.edu

                           • Mr. Venkatesh, Associate

                              Email: office.mcns@manipal.edu

                            • Mr. Deepak Vijaya Kumar, Clerk II

                              Email: office.mcns@manipal.edu


  •        Library staff


                            • Dr. Jessy Saadi, Librarian

                              Email: lib.mcns@manipal.edu


  •        Junior & Assistant Engineers:


                            • Mr. Ramaprasada, Assistant Engineer, Computers and peripherals

                              Email: ram.prasada@manipal.edu  

                           • Mr. Ganesh Acharya, Junior Engineer, Projection systems

                              Email: planetarium@manipal.edu


  •        General Duty Workers:


                           • Mr. Prakash Poojary

                           • Mr. Vijay Kumar