The Manipal Alumni Association Malaysia was formed by the Former Students of Kasturba Medical College, who had come back home to Malaysia, and while working in the government service, saw a need for former students to get together now and then to socialise and reminisce about the good old days.
The initial core group who mooted the idea of the Manipal Alumni Association consisted of Dr.V.Surendranathan, Dr. R. L. Anandan, Dr. Rasihd, Dr. Jeyaratnam, Dr. Pathmarajah, and Dr.S.S. Thevan. This group met regularly in each other’s houses or in restaurants and organised the first get together in September 1979. This was followed by the first annual Dinner Dance in the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. These Dinner Dances have become an annual affair ever since. The Association was later registered with the Registrar of Societies, Malaysia on 1st July 1986 and has since grown from strength to strength.
In contrast with other KMCee Alumni all over the world, the unique feature of The Manipal Alumni Association Malaysia is that all Graduates from Manipal or Mangalore, whether medical, dental, engineering or otherwise are welcome to join the Association. There are a potential 13,000 members in Malaysia of which about 1500 have joined the Association. The Dinner and Dance, besides being an opportunity to socialise, have also gradually earned money for the association, and we have in the past donated some of the proceeds to charity.