Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT Manipal), considered amongst the top engineering colleges in South Asia, is a constituent institute of Manipal University. The institute was founded in 1957 as one of the country’s first self-financing engineering colleges.
In its founding year, the institute then known as Manipal Engineering College, started its courses from the Kasturba Medical College campus. By the turn of the year, it moved into its present address – the sprawling 180-acre campus which houses various other Manipal institutions today.
The institute currently offers 16 full time under-graduate and 24 post-graduate degree programmes through Manipal University. The courses range from the conventional engineering courses like mechanical and civil engineering to more specialised biomedical engineering and mechatronics at the bachelor’s level and microelectronics and nuclear engineering at the master’s level.
MIT Manipal also offers an undergraduate twinning programme thro-ugh its International Centre for Applied Sciences. Students, after completing two years on campus, can complete the remaining tenure of the course at a college or university in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada or the UK. The foreign university awards the final degree.
General under-graduate admissions are open to Indian nationals only and are based on marks obtained in the qualifying examination (Grade 12) and their performance in the Manipal University Online Entrance Test. International admission is based on a merit list published by the university. Admissions to post-graduate programmes are based on an entrance test.
The MIT Manipal campus resembles a mini-township with academic and administrative areas, sporting facilities, residential and canteen spaces and large expanses of greenery. The academic buildings on campus are grouped in five academic blocks. Block 1 consists of the original buildings built in the late 1950’s and currently houses most of the engineering departments. An Innovation Centre, built in 2006, houses the R&D arms of companies such as Philips and EMC2 and several computer labs. The central library on campus is housed in a separate building and is spread over 70,000 square feet of area. The library has DELNET membership, a network of libraries, which seeks to promote resource sharing.
Under-graduate students are provided accommodation for the complete tenure of the course in one of MIT Manipal’s 21 hostel buildings which can accommodate up to 7,000 students and scholars.