Manipal University is a name to reckon with not just in India, but the world over. Although it got the deemed university status in 1993, the seeds for its magnificent growth were sown way back in 1953 with the setting up of the flagship Kasturba Medical College on what was then a barren hilltop. From then on, institution after institution was added and facilities kept improving to ensure Manipal University emerges the leading higher education provider in the country today with 24 professional institutions in medicine, engineering, management and humanities. The University is making a strong headway in research as well. Spread over 600 acres of green expanse, the University is home to 28,000 students pursuing undergraduate and post graduate programs in diverse subjects. The University has a strong alumni network of over 94,000 members.