`He was a visionary who thought far ahead of his times'
Manipal: Medical Education Minister V.S. Acharya said that opening of three government medical colleges in a year (2006-07) by the State Government was a big achievement.
He was speaking at the Founder's Day celebrations organised by Manipal University, Academy of General Education and T.M.A. Pai Foundation here.
Dr. Acharya said that no other State in the country could boast of having started three medical colleges in a single year. The State Government had provided infrastructure to these three colleges.
The Government's handling of problems arising out of the Common Entrance Test and seat matrix had received a pat from the Supreme Court. He said the founder of Manipal educational institutions late T.M.A. Pai was a visionary who thought far ahead of his times. He had the ability to tap the hidden qualities in an individual. "Dr. Pai was a realistic optimist," he added.
He said Dr. Pai's innovative ideas were so radical that it was difficult for even his associates to understand them. It was the genius of Dr. Pai, which led to the founding of the first self-financing private medical college in country in the form of Kasturba Medical College in Manipal. Dr. Pai established health centres in order to provide healthcare to people in rural areas.
Manipal University should bring out a book on the achievements of Dr. Pai so that the future generations could know about them. This would also help the younger generation to get inspired and replicate the "Manipal experiment" leading to the country becoming a developed country soon.
The life and achievements of Dr. Pai should be included in the textbooks, Dr. Acharya said.
Chancellor of Manipal University Ramdas Pai welcomed the gathering. Chairman of Prasar Bharati M.V. Kamath, Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University Rajasekaran P. Warrier, Registrar of Academy of General Education K.K. Pai, and Dean of Kasturba Medical College at Manipal R.S.P. Rao were present.