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Manipal is a picturesque place in the coastal district of Udupi, Karnataka State. It is situated 5 km from the temple city of Udupi and 65 km north of Mangalore. Manipal was once a barren hill and was transformed into an internationally renowned University town by Dr. TMA Pai and his successor, Dr. Ramdas M. Pai. Manipal, today, is a knowledge powerhouse and a brand name in higher education. Over five and half decades ago, one man, Dr. Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, had a vision which ensured that everything he did then was consigned to posterity, making sure that generation after generation of students enjoyed the fruits of his labour till eternity on this lateritic plateau. And the students will, forever, have one name on their lips, that of Manipal.