Mr Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi – Mangalorean Star

Mr Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi – Mangalorean Star is proud to present one of the most eminent Educationist and entrepreneur of Mangalore, Mr. Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi, chairman of Yenepoya Group and recipient of the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, as the Mangalorean Star for the month of June.

Mr. Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi was born on 14th November 1947, in Kasargod. He had his earlier education from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore, and graduated in B.A. from Mysore University. He is married to P.K. Nasreen and has two sons and two daughters.

The Yenepoya Group was started in 1940 by his father Mr. Yenepoya Moideen Kunhi – Great Visionary and Entrepreneur, who had a humble beginning and today nearly six decades later, the Yenepoya Group, has grown meteorically covering a vast sphere of business interests and diverse social service ventures and providing both direct and indirect employment to over 3000 people.

Yenepoya Group started out as a small timber trading concern and gradually began rapid forays into the fields of timber and allied products, trading, transport, hospitality, minerals & granites, education, healthcare, real estate and more.

Among several other portfolios, Y. Abdulla Kunhi holds the office as Managing Director of Kanara Wood & Plywood Industries Ltd., Owner of Yenepoya Saw Mill, Managing Director of Yenepoya Minerals & Granites Ltd., Chairman of Yenepoya Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Pvt. Ltd., and Chairman of Islamic Academy of Education (R) – a charitable trust and backbone of Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya Dental College and Yenepoya Institute of Nursing Sciences.

He also holds the offices of the Vice President of Badria Educational Institution, Vice Chairman of the Islamic Trust and Trustee of P.A. Educational Trust. He is also the Ex-Director of Air India Ltd., & Indian Airlines Ltd.

Y Abdulla Kunhi is a proud recipient of the coveted Karnataka Rajyotsava Award – 1992 for yeomen service rendered in the fields of industry, education & social service.

On the social front, Y Abdulla Kunhi is an active member of Lions Club of Mangalore.
Service of the masses has always remained a priority with the Yenepoya Group, which has not forgotten its social responsibilities as a corporate citizen in spite of its overwhelming success and overbearing responsibilities in other terrains.

It was in keeping with this that the ‘Yenepoya Moideen Kunhi Memorial Educational & Charitable Trust was conceived. The main objectives of this charitable trust is to render financial and material help to the down trodden and less fortunate sections of the community for education purposes, rehabilitation of orphans and disabled, conducting marriages etc., The trust also runs a charitable 200 – bed hospital which provides health care services free of cost to the poor and deprived sections of the society.

More recently however, Y Abdulla Kunhi has been totally engrossed in the realization of one of the founders more cherished dreams, an all-encompassing 32 acre campus at Deralakatte, Mangalore, which has created a record of sorts by default. This campus houses the ‘Yenepoya Medical College’, ‘Yenepoya Dental College’ and ‘Yenepoya Institute of Nursing Sciences’, apart from a multi-specialty hospital and the ‘Yenepoya Institute of Medical Sciences & Research’. The separate Boys and Girls hostels, library, auditorium, playground etc. are also built into the campus.

A brief interview with Mr Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi

Your contribution to the society in education is immense. What is your future plan?

Last year we received full permission to run a Medical College. This year we got permission for PG Course. Hence, I am trying to maintain quality in the education system and in stabilizing the projects. Next year, on June 7, 2007, we are planning to start Montesuri School in Jeppu Mogeru.

As an educationist, what is your message to the society?
If we work hard with sincerity, we can definitely achieve good results in our life.

What inspired you to enter into the field of education?
My father was illiterate and repented for lack of education. So, he made sure that his children received a good education.

Earlier it was difficult for women in your community to receive education. However, the time has changed. What is the situation now?
Presently there are approximately 60% female students enrolled in our institutions. Apart from providing quality education, we are providing a friendly environment. Punctuality is the hallmark of our institution.

What is your commitment towards poor and socially backwards class students?
From this year onwards, we are launching a welfare scheme for poor students in which, 10 merit students from economically poor backgrounds, will be provided education free of cost. We are setting up YMK memorial education charitable trust for this venture.

A brief business profile of Mr Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi


a) Islamic Academy of Education (Regd.): Chairman
• Yenepoya Dental College
• Yenepoya Medical College
• Yenepoya Institute of Nursing Sciences
• Yenepoya Nursing College
• Yenepoya Physiotherapy College
b) Yenepoya Center for Development Studies: Promoter
c) P.A. Educational Trust (Regd.): Trustee
• P.A. College of Engineering
d) Yenepoya Moideen Kunhi Memorial Educational & Charitable Trust: Chairman
e) Badria Educational Institution: Vice-President

Health Care:

Yenepoya Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Pvt. Ltd.: Chairman

Timber & Allied Products:
• Yenepoya Moideen Kunhi & Co.: Partner
• Kanara Wood & Plywood Industries Ltd.: Managing Director
• Indian Wood & Wood Products: Trustee
• Yenepoya Saw Mill: Owner
• Yenepoya Veneers: Coordinator
• Dunkeld Estates: Coordinator
• Yenepoya Timber Company: Partner
• Yenepoya Saw Mill, Bangalore: Partner
• Yenepoya Processed Lumbers: Partner
• Yenepoya Resins & Chemicals: Partner


• Yenepoya – Jotun Paints Trading Pvt. Ltd.: Director


• Yenepoya Transport Company: Partner

• Yenepoya Hotels (Owners of Hotel Manjarun, Currently run by Taj Group): Partner

Granites & Minerals:
• Yenepoya Minerals & Granites Ltd.: Managing Director

Real Estate:
• Yenepoya Builders & Developers: Partner

Social Welfare:
• Islamic Trust (A Charitable Trust): Vice-Chairman
• Yenepoya Care Fund: Chairman
• Malja-Ul Islam Orphanage: President
• Islamic Cultural Centre: President

Other Bodies:
• Air India Ltd. & Indian Airlines Ltd.: Ex-Director
• Govt. of Karnataka Task Force: Member
• Karnataka Vanasamvardhana Trust (R): Trustee

Meanwhile, the saga continues for a person who has striven hard to achieve his goals. It can be said – success is never a destination and always a journey. wishes Mr Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi all the very best in his future endeavors.

By R. K. Bhat – Team Mangalorean



Mohsin Khan, India:
Hello Team Mangalorean

I am looking to meet Mr.Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi regarding for wood replacement project. I had been to his office last week, i gave our project details & related sample. but i could not find his mobile number or direct appointment. Please help me out to meet him. our project is very green & we are avoiding to cut the trees, Our ply sheet will manufacture by waste tyers.

Please get in touch

Thanks & Regards

Mohsin Khan
Managing Director
Zahi Green MAchineries Pvt. Ltd.,

mohammed abdul gani, India:
duva hai yehi mere rab ull wara karlo Qubool jo karun mai duva
rabull aalameen hamesha hamesh app ke sath rahe
janb e mohtaram assalamu
alaikum o rahamath ullahi o
janab mera nam m.a.gani my
shimoga ka rehne wala hun
mujhe app ki hosital me aane
aur rehne ka mauqa mila
yahn mai ne deka jis tarha
app ka group yahan QIDMATH-E-QALQ ka kam karrahi hai is ki misal shayad
kahin aur nahi milsakti allah app ku jazaye kair ata farmaye aamin summa aamin.

b p shankar, India:
This article is worth to praise a man like him.
This man seems to be worthy for rating as a person with hard dreams and pursue to make it true. Born in the year 1947. independence year, may be his contribution is to free India with illiteracy and backwardness.
kudos to him …b p shankar, Bhadravathi

Khalid, India:
My uncle had psoriasis, from last 7 years he visited almost every famous hospital and had lost hope ( even same words dermitologist used to tell him ), however very recently on suggestion, he consulted Yennapoya hospital in Mangalore, he is fine now.

I am gald to see such service.

Yennapoya group, you are doing such a devine work, where many poor had lost( seeing at blood sucking charge a good hospital can bill ), now poor have hope.

Thanks again

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I have arranged to volunteer at Ministries orphanage home in India. i m making a monetary donation sum of $600000 USA dollar to the community as well.
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Imtiaz Ahmed Khan. 9731069838. HARIHAR., India:
As Salam-O-Alykum Rahmathulla-Hi-Barkathau.Al-Haj Abdulla Kunhi Saheb.
Mai App Ka Bahout Bada Chaney Wala Hoon. Meri App say eak Azizana Guzrish Hai Ke HARIHAR- Davangere-Dist. May Ek App Ka HOSPITAL Banaya Jaye.Is say HARIHAR, DAVANGERE, RANIBENNUR,HAVERI, HUBLI, HARAPANAHALLI, HOSPET, BELLARY. Iss Tamam Shaher walon Ko Bahot Saholat Hogi.HARIHAR, KARNATAKA ka center Place Hai. Har Shaher Ke BUSSES Yaheen Par se Guzar tay Hain. Umed Karta Houn In-Sha-Allah App is Par Gour Karen gay\” ALLAH SAY DUVA HAI ALLAH APP KO HAR KHADAM PAR KAMIYABI ATA FARMAEY. Ameen.

Nyamath khan shimoga 9742631277, India:
as salam o alaikum, allah aap ko khoob nawaze. AAMEEN. , my aap se aap ki team se. aajizana guzarish karta hu. ke aap SHIMOGA. me ya uske aaspass aapka branch hospital bavaye, aapko gareeb aadmio ki dua lagegi. aameen, jaisake aapke hospital me ziyadatar shimoga davengere. wale patients hain, insha allah umeed karta hu ke is baat par aap gour o fikar karenge. insha allah.

Prof C V Raghuveer, India: 
I am extremely happy to learn so much about our charismatic Chairman. I have had interactions with him. He is simplicity personified and his magnanimity unfathomable. I wish to see more and more such articles about this visionary personality. I was highly impressed when I met him from close quarters. He never made me wait and never asked me to fix an appointment. He is a people,s man. He appreciated my efforts and endeavours on looking at my CV. I felt humbled to meet this illustrious personality of Dakshina Kannada. May his tribe increase. May God almighty grant him good health and peace of mind to carry forward his wonderful crusade against illiteracy and poverty- the two ills of our society.

nasir natekal, India:
assalam alikum dear sir,
Me nasir natkal i’m one of ur big fan
Congratulation for ur achievements and also i wish u all the very best to ur all the future achievement

zakiya fathima, India:
dear uncle i wish u all the vry best for your success future from the bottom of my heart……..
he is a great person, may allah bless him

Reinhold Hesse, Germany:
I know Abdul since 1978, when he and an indian friend of mine ran the Kanara Wood & Plywood in Mangalore, Jeppu. Whenever I visit Mangalore I like to meet him and to talk to him in his house. He is very friendly and warm, relaxed and religious. Unfortunately I could not meet him This year. All the best for him.

mohammed aslam ph, India:
Wishing you a happy and prosperous future life. Keep smiling.

Mohan Kumar, India:
Apart from his great visionery zeal in the business he has been the driving force to all of us in Yenepoya Group. His promptness in keeping with his schedule, his precision in everything he touches, his evaluation about each individual in the Group, his far sight in anticipating the future trends … all these qualities of Mr. Abdulla Kunhi made him an icon of not only of Mangalore but for the entire Karnataka and South India.

Personally I am a previleged member of the working fraternity of Yenepoya Group for the last 4 years. I had closely worked with great administrators like Mr. K.M. Chandrasekhar IAS (who is the Cabinet Secretary now) and Mr. Vinod Rai IAS who is the present CAG . But the qualities of Mr. Abdulla Kunhi as an administrator and as a great human being were missing even with those great stalwarts of the present Indian Addministration. Sir, let me salute your leadership.

bilki_akki, India:
God bless u Mr abdulla kunhi i vish u a long life for u. thank u

Yahya Saqafi Alappuzha, Kerala, India:
Assalamu alaikum..
Dear Al Haj Abdulla Kunhi Sahib:
congratulations. May Allah bless u and may show a path to success.

Thanking u
Yahya Saqafi Alappuzha

Sumant Suvarna, India:
Hi, MrAblul Kunhi was a close friend of mine in our school and college days. I have lost touch with him for the last 30 years. I wish him success in his future endeavors