Manipal University New Year’s Day Awards

74th New Year’s Day Awards held at Fortune Inn Valley View on 1 January, 2014.

July 05, 2014

Manipal University awards four eminent persons

03 January,2014

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Academy of General Education and Syndicate Bank honoured S Rajagopalachar, advocate; Dr K Ramnarayan, Vice Chancellor Manipal Academy of Higher Education; TJA Ganiga, former CMD Andhra Bank and Chairman Banking Services Recruitment Board, Hyderabad and Solomon Samuel Soans, an industrialist and leader of Educational Movement at the 74th edition of the New Year’s Day Awards held at Fortune Inn Valley View on 1 January, 2014.

Rajagopalachar graduated from St Aloysius College, Mangalore and studied law at Madras Law College, Madras University after that. Then he enrolled as an advocate in the High Court of Mysore in 1956.

Rajagopalachar was the President of the Bar Association of Karkala and was one of the six lawyers of Udupi district honoured by the High Court in 2006. He has also been the Legal Adviser to several nationalised banks, cooperative banks and cooperative societies.

He is the trustee of Karkala Sri Bhuvanendra College Trust and is the President of the Governing Council of the College.  He is a member of the Administrative Committee and also of the Supreme Governing Council of the Academy of General Education, Manipal. 

Dr Ramnarayan occupied office as the Fifth Vice-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education in May 2010. He has been with the Manipal group for over 35 years in various academic and leadership positions.

His experience and expertise are in medical education, academic leadership and curriculum development. With an MBBS from Stanley medical College, Chennai, Dr Ramnarayan joined Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in 1977. After completing his MD in Pathology, he continued to serve KMC in different designations.

Dr Ramnarayan was Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Dean (curriculum) in KMC, Manipal. He was also the first Dean of Melaka Manipal MBBS twin campus programme with Malaysia.

He is the recipient of the Bloomberg UTV Award for his outstanding contribution to education. He was one of the early recipients of the ECFMG Foreign Faculty Fellowship in Basic Sciences.

He was also awarded the short term exchange fellowship in academic leadership for the advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) USA. He was also a member of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

TJA Ganiga, the former Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Bank and Chairman of Banking Services Recruitment Board, Hyderabad is a distinguished banker with experience of over four decades.

He is a postgraduate in business administration from Delhi University and a certified associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He is a Member of British Institute of Management.

Having climbed the ladder of success one rung at a time, he was made the Executive Director of the Andhra Bank in 1995 and became its CMD three years later.

After retirement, he served as the Chairman of Banking Services Recruitment Board, Hyderabad for two years.

Solomon S Soans had his early education in Kundapur, Udupi Christian High School and St Aloysius. In 1956 he joined his father’s business, Prabhakar Tile Works and ensured that the business grew ten folds. And when the group diversified, Solomon played an important role and used his business acumen to establish new enterprises.

He was a good sportsman with keen interest in badminton and volleyball. The versatile Mr Solomon supported education at all levels. He took up the responsibility of the Soans Education Society started by his father.

Solomon upgraded the school to Higher Primary School. When the Academy of General Education wanted to start a college at Kundapur in 1961, he was among the first to chip in with a contribution.

He is one of the founder members of Bhandarkar’s Arts and Science College, Kundapur and is still a member of the Governing Council of the College. He has even tried his hand at agriculture and succeeded. He transformed a barren land to horticulture garden in Shettrakatte near Kundapur.