The Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS) was started in 2011 under the Manipal Research Group (MARG). The primary aim was 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” Centres 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, MCNS has been expanding to other disciplines including pure mathematics, as part of an ambitious mandate.



               Director: Dr. Mohini Gupta

               Email: director.mcns@manipal.edu


               Dean (Research): Dr.M Prithviraj   

               Email: dean.mcns@manipal.edu



               a)  Physics


                    • Nuclear Physics


                        • Dr. Mohini Gupta, Professor

                           Email: mohini.gupta@manipal.edu

                        • Dr. Y.K. Gambhir, Distinguished Fellow

                           Email: yogy@phy.iitb.ac.in

                         • Dr.G. Muenzenberg, Distinguished Visiting Professor

                           Email: G.Muenzenberg@gsi.de

                        • Dr. Swaminathan Kailas, Adjunct Faculty

                           Email: swaminathankailas305@gmail.com

                        • Dr.Amit Roy, Adjunct Faculty

                           Email: amitroy1948@gmail.com

                        • Dr. Prasanta Kumar Rath, Research Faculty

                           Email: pk.rath@manipal.edu


                    • Nuclear Science


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


                       • Dr. Pradip K Sarkar, Adjunct Faculty & Additional RSO

                         Email: pradip.sarkar@manipal.edu

                        • Mr.Sachin shet, Junior Research Fellow

                           Email: sachin.shet@learner.manipal.edu


                    • Nuclear and Atomic Data


                        • Dr.V.Gopalakrishnan, Consultant Professor

                          Email: gopal.v@manipal.edu      


                   • Reactor Physics


                   • Astronomy & Astrophysics


                        • Dr.Debbijoy Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor


                         • Mr. Krishna Mohan, PhD student

                            Email: krishna.mohana@learner.manipal.edu

                        •  Ms. Sanna Gulati, PhD student

                           Email: sanna.gulati@learner.manipal.edu

                        •  Mr. B. Ananthamoorthy,  Junior Research Fellow  

                           Email: anantha.moorthy@learner.manipal.edu



                   • Theoretical Physics


                          • Dr. Urjit A Yajnik, Adjunct Professor,  

                            Email: yajnik@iitb.ac.in

                         • Dr. Kazuyuki Furuuchi, Associate Professor

                           Email: kazuyuki.furuuchi@manipal.edu

                         • Ms. Suvedha Suresh Naik, PhD Student


                         • Mr. Noel Jonathan Jobu,  Junior Research Fellow




                       • Condensed Matter Physics

                          • Dr. Vyasa Upadhayaya, Professor,  

                            Email: v.upadhyaya@manipal.edu


              b)    Mathematics Chair


                        • Prof. M.S. Narasimhan,  Dr.T.M.A. Pai Endowment Chair in Mathematics at MCNS

                           Email: narasim@math.tifrbng.res.in  


             c)    Chemistry



              d)    Science of Earth, Oceans and Space


                      •  Earth Science & Planetary Science Group


                      • Planetary Science


                           • Dr. Shalima Puthiyaveettil,  Research Faculty

                              Email: shalima.p@manipal.edu


               e)    Evolutionary Biology             


               f)  Geomorphology  


                           • Dr. Prithviraj M, Dean (Research)

                             Email: prithviraj.m@manipal.edu 

               g)    Non-teaching / Support Staff:


                       • Administrative staff


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

                              Email: veenag.nayak@manipal.edu

                           • Mr. Venkatesh, Associate, MCNS office

                              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


                       • General Duty Workers:


                           • Prakash Poojary

                           • Mr. Vijay Kumar

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    Dr Pai with PM Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri. Kasturba Medical College, India’s first private medical college, was started.

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    College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal set up.

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    Sri Mahaveera and Jagadguru Chandrasekhara Bharati Memorial College inaugurated. College of Dental Surgery, Manipal unveiled

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    Valley View International Health Club launched

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    First dialysis machine installed in Kasturba Hospital.

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    Additions were made to the MIT engineering courses, for example, a one-year post-graduate diploma course was added in industrial engineering. Later in 1975, MEC changed its name to Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).

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    A Canadian private foundation, Operation Eyesight Universal, gave Kasturba Hospital a completely equipped eye van. 

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    TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) was set up this year. Today, it is among the leading management institutes in the country. 

    TAPMI’s mission is to build capacity in professional management in the country, and closer home, to reinforce the existing educational and health infrastructure at Manipal.

    In early 2009, its 25th year running, TAPMI shifted to a new scenic 42-acre residential campus in Manipal.

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    TMA Pai Hospital (TMAPH) began functioning at Udupi, to provide quality out-patient and family-planning services to the people of Udupi and neighboring localities.

    Equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure like ICUs with ventilators, fully equipped operation theatres, radiology service, ultrasound and laboratory etc., the hospital has links with the tertiary-care Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, which ensures priority treatment to patients on referral from Dr TMA Pai Hospital.

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    It was a time when the hotel industry was still in its infancy; there was a dearth of trained professionals and training colleges. The College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Studies (CHARMS) was established in October 1986 as a unit of the Dr TMA Pai Foundation. 

    In August 1987, the Foundation joined hands with Welcomgroup, the Hotels division of ITC Ltd, and  the college was renamed the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA). 

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    Manipal College of Nursing was established at Manipal.  In 1991, Manipal Hospital Bangalore (MHB) was set up, accredited by NABH and AAHRPP, and comprising 55 clinical departments and 11 centers of excellence. 

    It is a flagship hospital under Manipal Health Enterprises and a landmark healthcare destination in south India. Ranked the Best Super specialty Hospital in Bangalore by THE WEEK-HANSA, it is among the best hospitals in India for cardiology.


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    In 1992, the KMC Hospital at Attavar, Mangalore was set up as a teaching hospital of KMC, Mangalore and an associate hospital of Manipal University.  

    That very year, the Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Hospital and Research Centre was set up.

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    Manipal Academy of Higher Education awarded Deemed University status by Government of India, and is renamed Manipal University.

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    Manipal College of Medical Sciences established in Pokhara, Nepal

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    • 1996 - Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences, Gangtok, launched.
    • 1997- Melaka Manipal Medical College established in Malaysia. Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology established.
    • 1998- Manipal Institute of Communication set up.
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    The Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (MCOAHS), now School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS) was established in 1999.

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    Manipal University Dubai inaugurated.

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    World class sports complex MARENA, launched in Manipal.


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    MU Chancellor and President Dr Ramdas Pai awarded Padma Bhushan. Dr Ramdas Pai becomes second Indian to be honoured with Malaysian title ‘Datuk’. Manipal University Jaipur launched.

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    Manipal Museum of Anatomy and Pathology opened.

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    Manipal Group celebrates 60 years in Education and Healthcare. Golden Peacock Environment Management award for Manipal University. Manipal University Jaipur awarded 

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