CORRUPTION IN INDIA: Manipal, Dr. Ramdas Pai and the MCI





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Published on Jun 10, 2012

Through a friend, I met Dr. Ramdas Pai, President of Manipal University, in January, 2009. I had been traveling, and was looking a little scruffy. But Dr. Pai was gracious, and over lunch spoke at length about corruption in India--specifically with the government (Health Ministry) and regulators (Medical Council of India) who were attempting to de-recognize Manipal Medical College.

Manipal Medical College is consistently one of the top ranked medical schools in India.

Surprised by Dr. Pai's candor and general openness, and although I didn't know to what degree the allegations he made were true (and still don't), they were so bold, I thought an interview could be useful, if only to help ignite further investigation into corruption. This piece is an excerpt of the interview that took place two days later.

Special thanks to those that helped me set up in the studio: K Mohandas Pai (Audio), Kushal Bekal, Sudhir Samanth, Jayant Aithal, Anil L. and Shyam Bhat. Also thanks to N Babanna for the pass to shoot B-Roll, and Samaji Reynolds for coordinating the interview. Also Suzanne Hancock for the transcription, and big gratitude to Tavis Dunn for technological brilliance and Jesse James Miller for conversion of the interview file.


India slips 13 places [to 85th] on corruption index [Transparency International], Times of India, Sept 24, 2008.

More than half of the top 1,500 companies in India don't pay taxes (Being Indian, Pavan K Varma, pg 77).

A quarter to a half of all subsidized food for the poor in India is stolen (In Spite of the Gods, Edward Luce pg 84). For the record, in Bihar 80% of subsidized food for the poor is stolen.

India has 27 million backlogged judicial cases (Luce, pg 94/the McKinsey Report on India, 2001)


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