Dr K Ramnarayan assumed office as the fifth Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University in May 2010. He has been with the Manipal group for over thirty-five 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 in the service of KMC, Manipal in different faculty designations from Lecturer to Professor of Pathology. Additionally, he was Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Dean (Curriculum) in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. In 1994, he moved to the International Centre for Health Sciences, Manipal, as Associate Dean, to provide academic leadership for the MBBS Twinning Programme with the University of the West Indies. Meanwhile, he became the first Dean of the unique Melaka Manipal MBBS twin campus programme with Malaysia. He spearheaded the curricular reforms and under his leadership in the Manipal Campus, this programme went through three successful accreditations, culminating in the most recent, creditable 5 year accreditation. He received the Excellence Award for creating intellectual capital in the Melaka Manipal medical programme. In addition, to the good teacher awards that he has received, he was the recipient of the Bloomberg UTV Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education.
Dr Ramnarayan was one of the early recipients of the ECFMG Foreign Faculty Fellowship in Basic Sciences, which initiated him into medical education in the US. He was subsequently awarded the Short Term Exchange Fellowship in academic leadership by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), USA. He was one of the founder members of the Department of Medical Education, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. He has conducted over 300 faculty development workshops, nationally and internationally, for health professionals, over the past 25 years. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He was a member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) committees to review the regulations pertaining to deemed universities and private universities.
With his expertise in medical education, he has guided several PhD students and has over ninety research publications, most of them in pertaining to education. He has been an International Advisor for five successive editions of Underwood’s textbook of Pathology. An academician to the core, he enjoys teaching and is passionate about people empowerment and mentoring.