17 June, 2021

The Late Bloomers

The Manipal Institute of Technology is an under-appreciated and under-recognised seat of learning.

Nilotpal Baruah
The Late Bloomers
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The Manipal Institute of Technology is an under-appreciated and under-recognised seat of learning. It was one of the first campus towns in India, and even in the early days there was a large expat population there which brought about Manipal’s modern progressive thinking. In the 1970s and ’80s, most people thought that engineering and medical colleges were places for geeks who were focused just on academics.

Manipal brought in a fresh approach where having fun was built into the system. We would go on motorcycle trips to other cities like Goa for music concerts. I also remember the fact that Manipal was a vegetarian town and had the largest number of egg dishes in the country. We did have our regular share of campus fun, inc­luding ragging. In Manipal, there was an unusual tradition where the Andhra seniors would rag the Andhra juniors and the seniors from Bihar would rag the juniors from that state.

There were no compromises in academics though and the route from Manipal to the US universities was well traversed as it was common for Manipal alumni...

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