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It is also the home to a number of research institutions, including the National Centre for Software Technology (NCST), Manipal University's Research and Development Park (MURP) and Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG). Manipal was ranked as India's best city in terms of quality of life by Nielsen. It has been adjudged as one among 20 Indian cities that are likely to shine in future. The city has been selected for its potential to be developed into a smart city under Smart Cities Mission by Government Of India . The name "Manipalli" or "Manipallam" means 'the jewel on the forehead' which refers it being situated at an elevated place like a jewel on someone’s forehead. In Kannada language, ‘mani’ means pearl/jewel while ‘palli’ stands for town/city; hence it can be translated as Pearl City or Jewel City..