Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), had created the Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS) in the year 2012, primarily to nurture fundamental research in the Natural Sciences. In the year 2013, the MCNS was recognized as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ under MAHE.

Since its inception, this “all-research” Centre has been striving to promote fundamental research in the forefront areas of natural sciences by encouraging independent and creative thought essential for scientific pursuit. The Centre presently has both academic and research programs. Building on its core strength in physics, MCNS is now expanding to include, earth and planetary sciences, chemistry and computational sciences, as part of an ambitious mandate, in the coming years.