Sri.T. Ramesh. U. Pai was a personality with a creative and visionary outlook. He was a great observer of the society around him. He was also an observer of the situations and the events in the country. But, he was not one of those to observe and forget. As the tradition in his family, he always thought of the ‘solution’ to the ‘demanding situation’. He could not just accept and tolerate injustice, waste and inefficiency. That is where his greatness lay.
Sri.T.Ramesh.U.Pai was always ready with a practical proposal to the need of the time. This has not only helped the institutions and the society around him but also, all the institutions and individuals who came into contact with him. His mere presence gave solace.
Sri.T.Ramesh..U.Pai not only started many new ventures in different fields and introduced various development schemes, but also saw to it that they were successfully implemented to become firm foundation for further developments. The sphere of his activities spread all over the world. He was never tired of hard work, work being worship for this great achiever. He had a great vision about the Academy of Higher Education and had utilized all his energy to realize his dream. He was a workaholic, never tired of working for translating big dreams into reality.
He was an excellent social worker, a great motivator and a Rotarian par excellence. He had reached the highest honour any Indian Rotarian can hope, namely the International Director of Rotary. He was the recipient of ‘State Award’ from the Government of Karnataka in1998 for his contribution in education, and recipient of the highest honour award of Rotary International for Rotarians “Service Above self Award” 2001-02.
He hailed from a family of Bankers, his father Upendra Anantha Pai founded Syndicate Bank Ltd. He was the chairman of Maharashtra Apex Corporation Ltd. He was also Director of Several Joint Stock Companies, including Reliance Industries Ltd. Even a number of Industrial Units and financial institutions had the blessings and involvement of this great leader.
He had the opportunity of working very closely with his uncle, Dr.T.M.A.Pai, in founding the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Institute of Technology, Welcom Group School of Hotel Administration, College of Dental Surgery, College of Pharmaceutical sciences and several other Educational institutions right from Kindergarten to College level in different centers in Dakshina Kannada, viz. Kasturba Hospital at Manipal and Mangalore, and Manipal Hospital at Bangalore.
He married Ms.Shanti who gave him full support in all his activities. They have been blessed with two sons Sri.T.Sudhakar Pai, an Engineer trained in Management and Finance, who has been looking after various commercial organizations and is the Managing Director of Kurl-On Ltd. His other son Dr. Shantharam Pai has done MS (General Surgery), and is working at Loma Linda University, California, USA. His elder daughter Shobha is in California and younger daughter Dr. Sheela is a Gynecologist in U.A.E.
Thus, our founder Sri.T.Ramesh U.Pai was really a towering personality of various facets and interests and has been primarily responsible for bringing the name of Manipal on the World Map of Education, Medical Care, Banking and Finance, apart from various industries which are now dotting the face of Manipal. But this was achieved by his constant and devoted application of skillful creativity, where now stands the prestigious, Educational, Medical, Engineering, Banking, Financial and Industrial institutions which serve as monumental testimony to the manifold qualities of his genius in all aspects of human qualities and concern for the welfare of the society and mankind at large .He was a great Social Worker.
The concept of education according to Sri.T.Ramesh.U.Pai was to impart skill and knowledge to enhance a person’s productivity and income so that education eradicates poverty much faster.
It’s our bad luck that we lost this great visionary in January 2005. We always cherish his support, enthusiasm and involvement in every activity we undertook.