Born on 27th of May 1954 to Mr. Narayan Achar, Advocate at Mangalore and Mrs. Meera Achar, Dr. Pratap Kumar is currently the professor and Head, Dept of Obgyn, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.  He did his schooling at Mangalore and MBBS, DGO and MD from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and Manipal in Karnataka. His grand father Mr. K R Achar was a Member of Parliament during the tenure of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru from Mangalore constituency.

He did his MBBS in the year of 1976 and MD in 1981. He became the Associate Professor in the year 1986 and Unit Chief in 1988. He was promoted as a Professor in the year 1990. Since 1996 he heads the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. He established and heads the Division of Reproductive Medicine at the Kasturba Hospital attached to Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.

Appointment on Academic boards and specialties:

He was appointed as a member of the advisory committee of F.I.G.O. (Federation of International Gynecology and Obstetrics) from 2004 for three years. He was also the International advisor for Ethical issues on Ultrasound by F.I.G.O. He was honored by being appointed member of the speciality board in Obstetrics and Gynecology by National Board of Examination for a period of 3 years from 1996 and once again re-appointed for 3 years from 2001.

He has been the Inspector for recognition of hospitals under the National Board of Examination and Examiner for the award of Postgraduate degree of Diplomate of National Board of Examinations and also the examiner for the same.

He has been on the university senate as member of Academic Senate of Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He is also The Chairman for Board of Studies in Obstetrics and Gynecology for Manipal Academy of Higher Education University. He is a recognized PhD guide in MAHE, Manipal.

He was the National Chairman of the F.O.G.S.I. Imaging Sciences Committee (Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecological Societies of India) for the year 1991 to 1995. As the National Chairman he did a tremendous job in popularizing the technology by holding ultrasound workshops and CME programmes and seminars in different parts of the country. USG really came of the age in this country through his efforts. He was elected as the National Vice President of FOGSI for the year 1999.

He has been a visiting Professor to Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France for the year 2000 in the month of April. He was deputed to Melaka, Malaysia as the Head of Department in Melaka Manipal Medical College from May 2002 to July 2004. 


He was awarded the Best Scientific publication by the National Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology of India (FOGSI) for the year 1998 for his publication “Hyperinsulinemia and PCOD”. He received the Good teacher Award from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal for the year 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2006. He was nominated by The University Grant Commission (Govt. of India), for 1997 Indo-Belgium Cultural Exchange Programme. Under this programme he visited Dutch Speaking University at Brussels, Belgium. A 10 days period was selected between October 18–28, 1997 for working at Centre for Reproductive Medicine under Prof Devroy at Brussels, Belgium. 

He was awarded the FOGSI CORION Award in 1995 for Scientific Research on FSH Threshold Concept in Infertility. This award was given by the National Federation of Obst & Gynecol of India for services to the Federation and for contributions to research activities in the senior scientist group. The award was given at the National Congress of Obst & Gyn held at Kanpur, India In December 1995. 

He was judged Outstanding Young Person for 1991 by Jaycees of Dakshina Kannada District Manipal for the various works done for the District. 

He was also awarded The Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology “Young Gynaecologist Award” for the year 1990 – 1991 on nomination by Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecological Societies of India. This involved a sponsor to attend the Asian Conference of Obstetrics & Gynecology held at Bangkok, Thailand in February 1991. 

He was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship (1987) by Loma Linda University Fellowship, Loma Linda, California, USA. 


He has contributed over 50 chapters in various books and has authored over 200 papers in various national and international journals. He has more than 400 presentations in India and abroad 


He has various hobbies in which teaching is a part of work and conducts several CME programmes, Conferences etc. he also loves to play music and imparting positive thinking is his passion. He used to participate in the competitions as an undergraduate student while doing MBBS in stringed instrument category and has won several prizes for the same by playing the instrument Sitar. He learnt positive thinking by observing parents and teachers who formed an integral part of life. 


Wife: Mrs Vidya Pratap, Director of Public relations and Media communications, Manipal University. Formerly working at Business management college of T A Pai Institute, Manipal 

Daughters: Ms Deepali, a computer engineer, presently doing her MBA at Purdue University, USA after working for two years in India with Motorola and HP companies. She is a great reader of books. Ms. Deepika, 12th Std. student is a performer of Bharatanatyam dance, draws and paints. 

Values of life to be remembered:

Three “C”s: Character, Commitment and Confidence.  We should have a good character and we should be committed to our work, family and friends. Whatever we do should be with great confidence. These are the basics of the success.



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