Ramdas Madhava Pai
Born (1935-09-17) 17 September 1935 (age 88)
Alma mater
Occupation(s)Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Children3, including Ranjan Pai

Ramdas Madhava Pai (born 17 September 1935) is an Indian health administrator and the incumbent Chancellor at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and chairman of the Manipal Education and Medical Group.


Pai graduated with his MBBS from Karnatak University in 1958.[1] He later graduated from Temple University with his Master of Health Administration.


In 1961, he returned to Manipal to become the administrator of Kasturba Hospital, the teaching hospital of Kasturba Medical College. After the death of his father T. M. A. Pai in 1979, he became the head of the group and later took over as chancellor in due course Chancellor of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education[2] and the Chairman of the Manipal Education and Medical Group.[3] He is also the Pro-Chancellor of Sikkim Manipal University[4] and president of T. A. Pai Management Institute[1] and chancellor of the Manipal Academy of General Education, Manipal.

His efforts led to MAHE getting the status of a deemed university granted by the University Grants Commission in 1993.[5] Manipal Education and Medical Group under his watch has led to exponential growth.[6]

He has previously served as a member of the Executive Council of Assam University, the academic senate of Mangalore University, and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

In 2000, he was nominated by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development to a special six-member advisory committee to the Department of Higher Education.[7]

In 2001, Pai set up the Manipal Foundation to run the university's philanthropic efforts.[8]

His son Ranjan Pai is an educationist and healthcare baron, who controls the Manipal Group.[9]

Awards and honours

Dr. Ramdas Pai of Manipal University receives the Padma Bhushan award from the Honourable President of India.
Ramdas Pai of Manipal University receives the Padma Bhushan.

Pai’s contributions to education have been recognised nationally and internationally. He has received a number of awards and honours in recognition of his contribution to education, healthcare, business and community service.


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  11. ^ "Udupi Rathna". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 16 August 2005. Archived from the original on 19 April 2007.
  12. ^ "Suvarna Karnataka". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 November 2006. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  13. ^ "Kanara Ratna". Daiji World. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
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  15. ^ "Ohio University". Retrieved 6 April 2011.