A class act

Small town, big business

Rapid expansion in overseas markets is expected to drive Manipal Global's growth in the years to come

Niloptal Baruah

It’s past 10 in the night and Manipal is buzzing. The university town, an hour and a half from Mangalore, is alive with parota joints full of students. There are no tables to be found at KFC, Pizza Hut or Domino’s, which serve fast-food staples favoured by students. The queue at Baskin Robbins seems a mile long. Students, many of them foreign, chat and laugh after spending their day at one of Manipal University’s (MU) many courses ranging from medicine, engineering and management to architecture, communications and jewellery design. Part of the Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), MU has grown from one medical college in 1953