At a vibrant and distinguished ceremony in Udupi's Chaturtha Paryaya Mahotsav, Dr. Ranjan R. Pai, President of MAHE Trust and Chairman of Manipal Education and Medical Group was honored with the esteemed Paryaya Darbar Award. This accolade, presented during the celebrated festival led by Sri Sri Sugunendra Theertha Sripada of Sri Putige Mutt, recognizes Dr. Pai’s outstanding contributions to education and healthcare.
Dr. Pai, following in the footsteps of his parents Dr. Ramdas Pai and Vasanthi R Pai, has played a pivotal role in elevating the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) to one of India's top ten multidisciplinary universities. His visionary approach has not only garnered an 'excellence' status from the Union Ministry of Education but also expanded the institution's presence globally, with campuses in Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Sikkim, Malaysia, Dubai, and Antigua.
Under Dr. Pai's stewardship, Manipal Hospital has soared to new heights as the country’s second-largest hospital chain. Boasting over 9000 beds, the hospital network treats approximately 2 million patients every day, embodying the pinnacle of healthcare excellence. A globally recognized social entrepreneur, Dr. Pai has significantly impacted the educational landscape, benefiting millions of students and creating numerous employment opportunities. His leadership and dedication have been instrumental in the growth and success of the Manipal Education and Medical Group. Dr. Pai's journey is supported by his wife, Shrimati Shruti R. Pai, the Creative Director of the Group, and their children, Sanya and Riya. Together, they exemplify a family committed to social welfare and educational excellence.
The ceremony was further brightened by the heartfelt congratulations from Dr. HS Ballal, Pro - Chancellor of MAHE, Lt. Gen. (Dr) M. D. Venkatesh, Vice chancellor, MAHE and the entire Governing Body of MAHE Manipal, who joined in celebrating Dr. Pai’s remarkable achievement.
This prestigious award not only signifies Dr. Pai's individual excellence but also marks a moment of pride for the entire Manipal community, celebrating the legacy and future of an institution committed to shaping the world through education and healthcare.