Who we are
UNext is a next generation online learning organisation focused on the higher education ecosystem. UNext aims to solve for improving access, increasing affordability, providing good quality content & pedagogy and enhanced outcomes for the student community in the higher education space by leveraging technology. Backed by Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), UNext is India’s first ed-tech company that provides end-to-end learning and assessment solutions in the online space. With best-in-class content and technology stack, UNext offers UGC recognised online university degrees through Online Manipal, professional online & blended courses in data science and emerging technologies through Jigsaw Academy, and digital assessments and examination management services for corporates and institutions through MeritTrac Services.
We have taken our first step by taking Manipal University Jaipur online to make quality education affordable and accessible to learners anywhere, anytime. Replicating the on-campus experience online, we offer an immersive learning experience through a mobile-first LMS platform, access to world class faculty lectures through synchronous and asynchronous learning, new age pedagogy, online quizzes and assessments, access to a wide alumni network, and expert assistance and career counselling to boost students’ career opportunities.
Board of Directors
Dr. Ranjan Pai
Dr. Ranjan Pai is the Chairman of the Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), the corporate holding entity that focuses on education, healthcare, insurance, and research. A medical graduate from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Dr. Pai completed his fellowship in hospital administration in the United States. He began his career as the Managing Director of the Melaka Manipal Medical College in Malaysia, which he conceived as a world-class international medical college, further strengthening the Group’s global footprint.
Dr. Pai restructured the entire group in line with the global business environment to meet, anticipate, and take on new challenges. He played an instrumental role in corporatizing MEMG and has taken its education and healthcare businesses to impressive heights, attracting private equity capital in the process. Dr. Pai’s vision and dynamic entrepreneurial skills, coupled with a strong focus on innovation and implementation, have enabled MEMG to become a major global player in the areas of education, healthcare, insurance and research.
S. Vaitheeswaran is the Chief Executive Officer of the Manipal Education & Medical Group (MEMG) and oversees all the business verticals of the group. Vaithee, as he is fondly called, was also the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited (MaGE).
Vaithee has around 35 years of rich experience in the corporate world in the areas of Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Operations, and Global Marketing. He has spent a large time in the automotive sector and held the positions of Director – Sales & Marketing, and COO – Eicher International. Before joining Manipal, he worked with Infosys where he led the hi-tech and manufacturing vertical for their BPO unit. Vaithee is a member of the CII-CEO forum and is also an active speaker and participant in the higher education panel of Industry Forums.
Shruti Pai is a Director at Manipal Education & Medical Group (MEMG) and other investment holding companies of the group. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine, and an honours in Biomedical Sciences in the Virology stream from the Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.
An enterprising professional, Shruti has founded and proficiently run a myriad of projects. In 2008, she set up a highly successful catering company called “Chef on Wheels”. Currently, she sits on the board of Manipal Healthcare Pvt Ltd & Manipal Health Initiative Pvt Ltd amongst others.
Ambrish Sinha is the Founding CEO and Executive Director at UNext Learning Private Limited. Prior to taking the reins at UNext, Ambrish was the Chief Executive Officer at MeritTrac Services. He is an accomplished business leader with deep experience in managing digital businesses across multiple sectors. He has proven abilities in setting up and scaling business models, backed by technology with strong customer orientation. Ambrish has successfully straddled the corporate and start-up world, when he ran the business side of Zopper, which built India’s first hyperlocal marketplace and smart ERP system for small retailers. Zopper raised ˜20 million USD from investors like Tiger Global, Nirvana and Blume. A part of Zopper’s business was acquired by PhonePe in 2018. Before this, he worked in the financial services sector and has held leadership roles at HDFC Life and ICICI Prudential. He is deeply passionate about technology and the impact it can create to transform businesses and community at large. He holds an MBA from TAPMI and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pune.