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The IIMA Archives holds a rich collection of documents associated with the history of IIMA and a growing catalogue on the history of business in India.

IIMA Legacy

Recognising newly independent India’s development needs, a group of ambitious industrialists and radical educators convinced the Planning Commission to approve a new kind of school to train expert managers. It would have a distinct pedagogy, and focus on real-world problems. This was the beginning of the IIMA.

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The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) was founded in 1961 as a unique collaboration between the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat, local industrialists of Ahmedabad, the Ford Foundation and the Harvard Business School, and has emerged as a world-class management institute.

The IIMA Archives, launched in November 2017, preserves institutional and architectural memory and periodically disseminates historical information about the institute to the IIMA community and the general public. It holds a large collection of physical and digitized documents related with the foundation and evolution of the institute.

The IIMA Oral History project is a key initiative of IIMA Archives that captures the experiences of several people associated with the institute from its formative years. IIMA Archives also holds a collection of documents and directories related with the business history of India.

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Students & Alumni

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The First Decade

Key Institution Builders

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IIMA Archives seeks donations of documents and memories from people associated with IIMA in the past. More generally, it also seeks digital donations that shed light on the history of business in India

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Expected to Receive a Performance Bonus


Received Stock Compensation


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of Those Launching a New Venture or Joining a Startup Are Women

Brick by Brick

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Brick by Brick: A Journey through IIMA Archives, invites you to relive the fascinating journey of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and experience the stories of its people and objects. The exhibition, designed by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, is organized around 14 panels and an array of carefully selected items from the collections held by the IIMA Archives. Each panel focuses on one particular theme in IIMA's development. The objects on display include copies of documents and some original items. The displays are spread over two galleries (Galleries 1 and 2) on the ground floor of Dorm 15 in the Main Campus of IIMA. Please do visit the electronic version of the exhibition by clicking on the panels, display cases or objects that interest you. We hope you enjoy your e-visit!

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