Among the colleges in India that offer professional pharmacy education, the Manipal College of
Pharmaceutical Sciences- MCOPS as it is widely known- has a unique standing. MCOPS is ranked 1st
among private pharmacy institutions in the country according to Career 360 [May 2015]. It is presently
one of the premier institutions of Manipal University.
MCOPS of today owes its origin to the vision and enterprise of Late Dr TMA Pai, who ushered in an
era of self-financed education, an event that changed the Indian landscape of tertiary education.
A college that started offering diploma in pharmacy (DPharm) education in 1963, became a degree
college for bachelor of pharmacy (BPharm) program in 1965. Eventually, MCOPS became the first college
to offer post-graduate course (MPharm) in Karnataka in 1970 and the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program
in 2008 in India.
MCOPS attracts students from far and wide. The institution adheres to all quality measures in
terms of imparting education to its students. No wonder then, that many of the students of MCOPS
easily get GPAT scholarships for pursuing higher education. Those who embark on higher education
abroad after their graduation from MCOPS get selected in prestigious international universities of
UK, USA and Australia, to name a few.
Industries like Ranbaxy, Dr Reddy’s, Astra Zeneca, Sun Pharma and so on have a number of students
from MCOPS working in various capacities
Mr Kiran Shankar (Vice President, BPRL, Bengaluru), Dr B R Shetty (MD, New Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi),
Dr Satheesh Mallya (FDA, Canada), Mr Murali Divi (MD, Divi Labs, Hyderabad) are some of the alumni who
have made it big in their profession or business. Scientists who have carved names for themselves and
their alma mater are Dr Sreejayan (Associate Professor at Wyoming University, USA), an influential
scientist in new drug discovery program and Dr Jyoti Paliwal, a major contributor towards the development
of Central Drug Research Laboratory’s successful weekly contraceptive pill.
A chronicle on MCOPS will not be complete without mentioning the following names - Mr Ramalinga Raju,
Mr V Brahmaji, Mr Desu Gangadhar, Mr Maddali Srinivas etc. – the leading businessmen in the profession
of pharmacy in New Jersey in the US.
MCOPS, over the past two decades has received substantial research grants from CSIR, DST, ICMR,
UGC, AICTE, DBT and DAE in addition to many leading Pharmaceutical Industries.