Manipal is good man... so much better than it was.. my dad works for Manipal group (not cllgs) and every single person can get in only though MAHE. The campus is really nice. It seems some NRI got caught with substance in his room and was expelled for 2 weeks. Alumni of Manipal is also good. It will hit BITS level soon at least core branches will.
Of course NRIs are exempted from MAHE they pay about 3 times. My cousin studies in VIT (ece). He says that it is purely on your work and teachers won’t teach you anything.
And regarding Peter Sykes... it’s a default for everyone in our class.