Dr. Venkataraja Aithal U

Associate Dean of MCHP, Manipal and Professor

Department of Speech and Hearing

Qualification: PhD


    Dr. Venkataraja Aithal U is the Associate Dean of MCHP and Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing at MCHP, Manipal.


    Academic Responsibilities:

    o BOE/S (Audiology and Speech Language Pathology – program-related)

    o Teaching Undergraduate / Postgraduate

    o Clinical supervision & patient care (Speech language pathology /Voice / Laryngectomy


    o Guide: Dissertation / PhD / Conference Paper presentations

    o Class coordinator – II Semester M.Sc (Speech-Language Pathology)

    Additional responsibility:

    o Chairperson, Alumni Relations, Placement and Industry Liason Committee, MCHP, MAHE, Manipal.

    o Coordinator, Dysphagia Research Lab, MCHP, MAHE, Manipal.


Subject Semester / Year
Anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing I Sem BASLP
Speech Science and Production I Sem MSc.SLP
Dysphagia III Sem MSc.SLP
Clinical practicum Speech pathology IV Sem MSc.SLP


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Langmore foundation FEES certificate course TATA Memorial Centre, Mumbai 2019
PhD Speech and Hearing Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal 2010
MSc Speech and Hearing All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore University, Mysore 1997
BSc Speech and Hearing School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal 1995


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Assositae Dean of MCHP Administration March 2022 - till date
Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Professor Teaching, clinical and research February 2012 - till date
Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Associate Professor Teaching, clinical and research August 2006 - February 2012
Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Assistant Professor Teaching, clinical and research March 2000 - July 2006
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Lecturer Teaching, clinical supervision December 1997 - March 2000
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Clinical Instructor Clinical supervision June 1997- December 1997

Development of a computer-based aphasia therapy module in Kannada to enhance auditory verbal comprehension


BoP MU-Philips

Profiling anxiety-depressive and personality correlates of individuals with tinnitus


AIISH Research Fund (ARF)

Development and Standardization of Phonological Process Analysis Test for Children (PPAT-C) in Tulu Language”


Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Govt. of India.

An automatic system for identification of phonological processes in children


Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India

Design Development and Batch production of Silicon Rubber products for Communication Disorders


Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India

Development of Phonological Assessment tool in Kannada.


National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Govt. of India


Area of Interest

Voice science, Laryngectomy rehabilitation, Dysphagia, Child language development, Neurogenic communication disorder

Area of Expertise

Voice and Laryngectomy rehabilitation; Speech language pathology and Neurogenic communication disorders; Dysphagia, , Child language acquisition

Area of Research

Professional voice disorders, Surgical voice restoration, Dysphagia, Tinnitus

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Professional Affiliations:

  • Certified member of Rehabilitation Council of India (CRR No. A05274)
  • Life Member of Indian Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA) L11040590
  • Executive council member of ISHA (2012-2014)
  • Executive council member of Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language and Hearing (2014-17)
  • Vice President- Manipal Chapter of Indian Speech and Hearing Association
  • BOE/BOS member of Bengaluru University; Former BOE/BOS member of Mysore and Mangalore University.


  • Recipient of Mukesh Award in ISHA Conference for the best paper in Audiology
  • Recipient of Alumni Award 2011 by Alumni Association of U Kamala Bai High School, Kadiyali, Udupi
  • Best paper award in TAN-ISHA Conference at Tamil Nadu and Asia Pacific Conference at China
  • Dr B M Abrol Award for Best Paper in Speech for the paper at the ISHACON 2016 held at Mumbai


Contralateral sudden hearing loss in post operative acoustic neuroma – an engima

2000-01-01 Indu Mariam Jacob Venkataraja Aithal U B.Rajashekhar

Muktesth award, ISHACON 2001

Investigation of Swallowing Function in Young Adults using the Dysphagia Handicap Index

2016-01-01 Pranathi Kavi Venkataraja Aithal U Sunila John

Dr B M Abrol Award for Best Paper in Speech at ISHACON

Voice restoration option using electrolarynx in total laryngopharyngoesophagectomy (TLPE) with gastric pull up transposition reconstruction: a case report

2016-01-01 Sheela S Venkataraja Aithal U

Best paper award at TAN-ISHACON 2015

Major challenges and management options in individuals with oropharyngeal dysphagia secondary to hemiglossectomy- A case report

2017-01-02 Riya Sara Jacob Venkataraja Aithal U Hanna Nelson

Best paper award at National seminar on assessment and management of feeding and swallowing problems in children with CP

Cepstral peak prominence of Blom-Singer ‘Non-Indwelling low pressure’ and ‘Classic Indwelling’ voice prosthesis in male tracheo-esophageal speakers.

2018 Sheela S Aithal V U R.Bellur Guddattu V.

CARF funded project

    Learning disability in children, Narrative skills in children



    Swallowing problems in Laryngectomy; COVID guidelines to follow in laryngectomy patients