Dr G K Prabhu
President, Manipal University Jaipur
Professor Dr. Gopalakrishna Prabhu K, President, Manipal University Jaipur, has been associated with the Manipal Group for over two decades in various academic and leadership positions. Dr. Prabhu, born in Karkala where he completed his schooling. He obtained his B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mysore University in 1989. With a passion for applying engineering principles to solve problems of medicine and biology, he pursued his M.Tech in Biomedical Engineering in 1994 from Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University (with the university’s first rank) and Ph.D. in 2001 from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Dr. Prabhu started his career as Lecturer in Electronics and Communication Engineering, MIT, Manipal in 1989. Since then, he has served the institute in various capacities such as Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Director (Research & Development) and Deputy Registrar (Technical), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal (Deemed University). One of his most notable achievements is that he served the University in the prestigious post of Registrar for seven and half years. In September 2015, he was appointed as Director, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal. In April 2017 he was, additionally, appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Technology and Management), in which capacity he was responsible for the development and implementation of University’s Strategic Plan for its engineering and management institutions. As an acclaimed teacher, he has carved out a niche for himself. With his passion for research, he has several publications in reputed national and international journals.
He was honored with the “Shri Shyam Lal Saxena Memorial Award” from the National Academy of Medical Sciences for his published work in Biomedical Engineering in 2007. Dr. Prabhu is an active member of the “Biomedical Engineering Society of India” (BMESI), a professional body and was the Secretary of this association during 2002-08. As Director MIT, he has led several student-focused initiatives, including initiating the upgradation and modernization of the MIT campus and infrastructure. His open-door empathetic approach and management style continue to win him admiration and plaudits from his colleagues, faculty, and students. For his several achievements and his contributions to the local community, the District Administration has honored him with the ‘Udupi District Kannada Rajyostava Award’ in November 2017.