Dr. Venkataraja U Aithal started his professional carrier in the year 1997 as faculty of Speech and Hearing of KMC Manipal after he completed his post-graduation from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore. Being an alumnus of MAHE, Dr.Aithal served in various teaching positions from the past 25 years at the Dept. of Speech and Hearing, MCHP, MAHE, Manipal. Prof.Aithal completed his PhD in the year 2010 and served as Program coordinator and then as Head of the Department. Dr. Aithal is actively involved in academic and research activities of the institution and has contributed significantly to the Alumni Relations & Placement cell of MCHP. He has strengthened the Academia-Industrial Relationship of the institution by creating placement for student internship at various reputed industries. Prof. Aithal is the recipient of six prestigious awards including Muktesh & Dr.BM Abrol awards for his research work.