I was greatly influenced by Dr TMA Pai, says Dr Veerendra Heggade

May 02, 2014

Interesting anecdotes, stories of how Manipal Academy of Higher Education came into existence, how Dr TMA Pai overcame obstacles in his attempt to change the face of Manipal and the region were vividly presented by Dr Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala at the Founders’ Day function in Fortune Inn Valley View here on April 30, 2014.  He recalled his association with the “Architect of Modern Manipal” and said Dr Pai had influenced him greatly. “It was that influence which enabled me to spread the philosophy of Dr Pai to other places”
“The 12 years of my association with Dr Pai were a great learning period for me. I was quite influenced by Dr Pai’s concern for small farmers who during those days were very backward and very innocent. The micro finance programme of Dr Pai which later became very famous as pigmy has long remained in my thoughts,” he said.

“Dr Pai believed in hard work and savings.  The message he would send out to people was to plan, develop and grow. His concept of savings has impressed me so much that even though I come from a religious background and head a temple, I also today manage one of the biggest micro finance programmes in the country,” Dr Heggade said.

Big achievements can be made only by a man who is content with small beginnings. “That management adage was well imbibed and practiced by Dr Pai,” he said. “Introduction of self-reliance in education where the students contributed for acquiring knowledge through quality learning is a great concept developed at least in Indian by Dr T MA Pai. Manipal institutions have stood for quality which is a great contribution ot the society from the days of Dr TMA Pai.

“Philanthropy is good as a onetime medicine. But for sustainability you need to be self-reliant. Charge for services but give excellent services. This philosophy practiced by Dr TMA Pai is what I call the Manipal Model for education and healty which are so essential for empowerment of our countrymen. We still need hundreds of institutions built on Manipal Model for our country to prosper,” he said.

Earlier, Dr HS Ballal, gave a brief account of the founding father and the institution and welcomed the gathering. Dr G.K.Prabhu thanked the huge gathering. In the morning there were programmes. Scholarships and other awards were also given away at the function.

Bhandarkar & Kadambi Scholarship Award

From the academic year 2012-13, the University has instituted scholarship called Kundapur Mohan and Lata Bhandarkar’s merit-cum-means scholarship. Kundapur Mohan and Lata Bhandarkar Endowment has been created with the purpose of encouraging meritorious students from low income group. This scholarship is given to eight students each year.  This award consists of a certificate and cash award of Rs.50,000/- for BE, Mechanical and  Rs.25,000/- for BPT and B Sc Nursing students. This year no student of BE qualified for the scholarship.
Gayathri Bhandarkar Scholarship: D’Souza Renita Melvin, III year BPT Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences.  Eti Gupta, IV year BPT KMC, Mangalore.
Lata Bhandarkar Scholarship: Tenzin Tsetan, II year BSc Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal. Ramya J, IV year BSc Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Mangalore. Shilpa S, III year BSc Nursing Manipal College of Nursing, Mangalore
To encourage Research at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Kundapur Mohan and Lata Bhandarkar  Endowment instituted three scholarships to full-time PhD students in the form of cash award of Rs.50,000/- each.  The recipients of Kundapur Mohan and Lata Bhandarkar’s merit-cum means scholarship for PhD candidates in the year 2013-14 are: Mr Jagani Hitesh Vittalbhai, MCOPS, Manipal, Pallavi K, MCOPS, Manipal, Shalini, KMC, Manipal, Neeta John, MSLS, Manipal (All research scholars)

Mr. Rajagopal Kadambi awards. The award has been instituted to encourage students to do well in sports and academics. The award consists of a certificate and the cash prize of Rs.30,000/- each and is for medical/dental sciences and engineering sciences students. Since inception, a total of 20 students have received this award. The students receiving the awards this year are:

Vasudha Sharma from K.M.C, Mangalore for excelling in basketball and academics. She hails from Delhi and Arjit Singh from M.I.T.Manipal is an all-rounder with achievements in academics as well as squash.

Earlier, in the morning, bhajans were held at the amphitheatre in Madhav Vihar and Smriti Bhavan and floral tributes were paid by the officials of the university at his statue in the University building where veteran journalist and honorary director of School of Communication, Mr M.V.Kamath spoke about Dr TMA Pai.