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Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) is a funded, co-educational, public-private university in Gangtok, Sikkim, India. Established in 1995, the university is credited as being the first P3 education and health care initiative in the region.

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Sikkim Manipal University Logo
Motto in English
'Inspired Learning'
Established1995; 24 years ago (1995)
ChancellorGanga Prasad, Governor of Sikkim
Vice-ChancellorLt Gen Dr MD Venkatesh
Academic staff
5th Mile, Tadong, Gangtok
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CampusSuburban / Rural
ColoursPickled bean and Black         
AffiliationsAIU, DEC, UGC, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)



The Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences (now known as Sikkim Manipal University) came into existence on November 15, 1992, after the signing of an agreement between the Government of Sikkim and the Manipal Pai Foundation(Manipal Group). The aim was to impart exemplary educational opportunities and health care services in the State of Sikkim and elsewhere.

The university was established in 1995 with the passing of the Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences Act (Act No. 10 of 1995).

The university has two campuses: the Medical campus and the Technology campus.

SMU is recognized by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 vide letter No F. 9-7/96(CPP-I) dated 9 Dec 1998, and approved by the Government of India. All its courses have been approved by regulatory bodies like the Medical Council of India (MCI), Nursing Council of India, Indian Association of Physiotherapy, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and the Distance Education Council.

The Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical, and Technological Sciences (Amendment) Act No. 13 of 2009 was passed by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly on 12 December 2009 and received the assent of the governor of Sikkim on 22 January 2010: Vide Notification No. 13/LD/P/2010, 08/04/2010 of Sikkim Government, Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical and Technological Sciences was changed to Sikkim Manipal University.

According to the said Act, the university would be able to disseminate advanced knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities for promoting interdisciplinary studies in the university.

In 2012, the University introduced the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department covers subjects like Sociology, Political Science, History, English, and Commerce.


SMU is a UGC-recognized, Public-private university.

In 2012, Sikkim Manipal University had been ordered by the UGC to shut down all study centers outside Sikkim. In its judgement on a petition filed by SMU against the UGC order, the Sikkim high court held that SMU is bound by the order from the UGC.

SMU is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and its recognition with Distance Education Council (DEC), [2] was pending with UGC subsequent to Sikkim high court's order dated 26.06.2015.

The UGC has now allowed admissions for the year 2016-17. Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok is recognised by UGC to continue offering programs through Open & Distance Learning (ODL) mode for the session 2016-2017 (F.No. UGC/DEB-II/SMU/Recog./2015 Vol. V), dated 21 March 2016.

In the final order to judgement in wp(c) 04 of 2013 on 26.06.2015 Hon. High Court of Sikkim upheld the territorial policy of UGC and at the same time validated the degrees of SMU distance education students who were enrolled in any program of SMU until the date of judgement. Subsequently, the court came up with a clarification three days later, on 29.06.15, explaining the exact position of student’s degrees.

The UGC then filed a SL petition in Supreme Court on 23.09.15 that at the same was dismissed by Supreme Court, protecting the degrees of students.

UGC has issued a notice on 01.10.2015 on its website, in which the three judgements related to SMU have been uploaded. UGC was expected to take a decision on SMU's distance education programs within six months starting from court's order dated 26.06.2015. Until then, SMU has shut down its study centers all over India and abroad, except in the state of Sikkim.

Colleges and courses offeredEdit

Sikkim Manipal College of PhysiotherapyEdit

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Master of Physiotherapy

School of Basic & Applied SciencesEdit

  • BS Engineering
  • B.Sc in Information Technology
  • M.Sc in Information Technology
  • M.Sc in Chemistry
  • M.Sc in Environmental Science
  • M.Sc in Mathematics
  • M.Sc in Physics
  • M.Phil in Mathematics
  • M.Tech in Power Electronics
  • M.Tech in Structural Engineering
  • M.Tech in VLSI Design & Embedded Systems
  • M.Tech in Process Control and Instrumentation
  • M.Tech in Production Engineering
  • M.Tech in Material Science & Technology
  • PG Diploma in Geo Informatics

Department of Humanities and Social SciencesEdit

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Commerce

Sikkim Manipal Institute of TechnologyEdit

  • B.Tech in Civil Engineering (CE)
  • B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  • B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE)
  • B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
  • B.Tech in Information Technology (IT)
  • B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Lateral B.Tech (ECE, CSE, EEE, IT, ME, CE, AEIE)
  • M.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
  • M.Tech in Power Electronics (PE)
  • M.Tech in Digital Electronics & Communication Engineering (DECE)
  • Ph.D in all disciplines (Engg. and Science)
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)
  • Master of Computer Applications (MCA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Diploma in e-Governance

Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical SciencesEdit

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Integrated M.Sc. in Medical Biotechnology
  • MD (Biochemistry)
  • MD (Community Medicine)
  • MD (General Medicine)
  • MD (Microbiology)
  • MD (Psychiatry)
  • MS (ENT)
  • Ph.D in all disciplines

Sikkim Manipal College of NursingEdit

    • B.Sc Nursing
    • M.Sc Nursing

Department of Hospital AdministrationEdit

    • Master in Hospital Administration

Central Referral Hospital, TadongEdit

On 4 March 1997, Dr. Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister of Sikkim, inaugurated the Central Referral Hospital, Tadong (CRH). With a floor space of more than 3,00,000 sq. ft., this tertiary care centre has 500 beds and facilities that allow for 22 specialties and five superspecialties.

Each year the Government of Sikkim releases a grant of INR 3.5 crore to CRH against which the hospital provides free treatment to BPL families and concessional treatment to residents of Sikkim.


The Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology is approved by the AICTE. It has accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) ACCR-860/06 from January 2008. The institute has ISO 9001 accreditation vide NS-EN ISO 9001:2008 for all the courses it offers.[citation needed]

It is ranked 5th among Engineering Colleges of Eminence, 6th among Leading Institutes delivering Excellence in Education, 7th among top private engineering colleges, and 20th in faculty/research and consultancy/EDP and other programs, according to a survey taken in 2015-16 by the CSR-GHRDC Engineering Colleges Survey.[citation needed]


CRH has facilities like MRI, 64-slice CT scan, 1000 MA digital X-ray, cath lab, and special operation theatres for cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgery.[citation needed]

Distance educationEdit

SMU runs distance education courses in Information Technology and Management Studies. A dedicated placement cell conducts periodic drives across India to help SMU’s distance education students secure jobs on completion of their course.[citation needed]

The programs offered by SMU are:


  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Computer Application
  • Bachelor of Science (Information Technology)


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Computer Applications (MCA)
  • Master of Science in Information Technology (MSc.IT)

Notable AlumniEdit

Name Class


Degree College Notability References
Satyarup Siddhanta 2005 B.Tech. Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology mountaineer

See alsoEdit


It has various technologies. It is the first government-private initiative.

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