Manipal, popularly known as an international university town, began with the establishment of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, in 1953. It was the first self-financing medical college in the private sector in India, established in a barren hillock that has turned itself to be a green environmental town, with all modern amenities conducive to student learning. Today, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, is a name synonymous with quality medical education that attracts people from India and other countries of the world. The college has consistently been ranked among the top ten medical colleges in the country. Students from over 30 countries graduate from college every year, and the degrees are recognised worldwide.

KMC has one of the finest learning environments in South Asia with infrastructure and faculty that support students to hone their skills to become outstanding medical professionals, true to its mission. KMC is recognised by the National medical council of India and the General Medical Council of Great Britain, the Malaysian Medical Council and the Australian Medical Council. The institute has strong academic linkages with national and international universities of repute. Many students from countries like UK, Ireland, USA, New Zealand, Kenya, Netherlands and Malaysia regularly opt for elective postings at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, which gives them great opportunities to learn.


KMC, Manipal celebrated Diamond Jubilee in the year 2013-14. The institute’s vision is to provide global leadership in human development, excellence in education and healthcare with a mission to train competent, compassionate and caring physicians through excellence in teaching, patient care, and medical research. The entire management team, the faculty, staff and the support employees, with the best available infrastructure facilities, has been working towards achieving the same.




To provide global leadership in human development, excellence in education and healthcare.


To train competent, compassionate and caring physicians through excellence in teaching, patient care, and medical research.

Facts & Figures:

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal that was started in 1953, offered MBBS Course primarily. The institution, besides the undergraduate medical course leading to the award of MBBS degree, is also conducting postgraduate medical courses in various disciplines and super-speciality courses leading to the award of M.Sc., MD, MS, DM, MCh qualifications.

The institution offers the following courses:

Level of Programme Programmes offered Department  No. of programmes
   MBBS - 1
Postgraduate - Medical Degree (Broad Speciality) MD Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Forensic Science, Pathology, Community Medicine, Anaesthesiology, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Dermatology, Respiratory Medicine, Hospital Administration, Psychiatry, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Emergency Medicine & Immunohaematology & Blood Transfusion 19
Postgraduate – Surgical Degree (Broad Speciality) MS General Surgery, OBG, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology & ENT 5
Postgraduate - Medical Degree (Superspeciality) DM Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Medical Genetics, Medical Oncology & Infectious Disease 7
Postgraduate - Surgical Degree (Superspeciality) MCh Urology, Neuro Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, CTVS & Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 5
Postgraduate - Medical Degree MSc Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Clinical Embryology, Genetic Counseling & Forensic Science 8
Postgraduate -  Degree MPhil MPhil Psychiatric Social Work 1
Others Fellowship Foetal Medicine, Gynaecologic Oncology, Advanced Obstetric Ultra Sound, Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, Neuro Anaeshtesia, Paediatric Anaesthesia, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Hand & Micro Surgery, Oncosurgery, FHNO Fellowship in Head & Neck/Oral Oncology, Paediatric Heamatology & Oncology,  Oncopathology, Skull Base and Head & Neck Surgery, Diabetes, Neonatology, 15
  PhD Full Time / Part Time 1
  MBBS - PhD Full time 1
  MD/MS - PhD Full time 1
  DM/MCh - PhD Full time 1
  Integrated M.Sc-PhD in Fertility Science 1
  Total Courses 66


Currently, the institution has 1195 undergraduate students and 643 postgraduate students studying various professional medical courses.  Over 14500 alumni of the institution are pursuing their career and are spread all over the globe.

National Medical Council of India recognises all the medical courses conducted by the institution.  Kasturba Medical College, Manipal is a constituent college of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal (formerly known as Manipal University), which is deemed to be a university recognised by University Grants Commission under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956.

The entire campus of MAHE, including KMC, Manipal, is spread over 600 acres and offers all the facilities to the students and the faculty that are conducive to learning. The facilities include museums, library, skill labs, sports grounds, gymnasium and international level indoor multi-purpose sports complex.  Wi-Fi facilities on the entire campus, e-learning facilities, online library access, hospital and emergency care facilities, counselling for students, teacher-guardians and inter and intradisciplinary research facilities to hone the research skills are also available.




Kasturba Hospital, Manipal:

Dr TMA Pai established the Kasturba Medical College at Manipal on 30 June 1953. Once the college came into existence, there was a need for a teaching hospital that could provide clinical facilities to students. In 1960, that long-felt need was fulfilled when the Medical Relief Society of South Kanara joined hands with the college in setting up a hospital in Manipal. Kasturba Hospital started in May 1961, with 150 beds. Today, Kasturba Hospital has 2032 beds.

The hospital is fully equipped with state-of-art diagnostic and therapeutic departments to facilitate the treatment of a wide range of medical and surgical diseases. It is well equipped for advanced and sophisticated surgeries such as coronary bypass, open-heart surgery, and kidney transplantation. The 280-bed cancer research hospital is located adjacent to the main hospital.

The hospital caters to a large number of people from Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, etc. In addition to providing health care in the normal course, the hospital also provides special health care schemes like Medicare and the Manipal Health Plan. Kasturba Hospital has been providing yeoman service to the people for nearly six decades in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. NABH accredits it.

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