Sikkim Manipal University (SMU), Gangtok was established in 1995. It is the first government-private initiative in the region. SMU is recognized by the University Grants Commission and approved by the government of India. Sikkim Manipal University offers quality education to the students from north and north eastern parts of India. The University was established in accordance with the Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences Act, 1995; with the aim of imparting exemplary educational opportunities and healthcare services in the state of Sikkim and country wide. It is the first of its kind in the country with a collaboration of private and public sector.