The Institute

Punch Card

Copy of Handwritten Letter - Vikram Sarabhai


(Letter seeking Kasturbhai Lalbhai's advice on Ford Foundation's championing of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and further discussions with Harvard)

20.8 x 27.6 cm
Vikram Sarabhai
MIT, Massachusetts
May 9, 1961
IIMA Archives

John R. Coleman, Ford Foundation, New Delhi, had written a letter dated April 29, 1961 stating that partnering with UCLA was a 'final' decision, after he realized that Vikram Sarabhai had reached out to Harvard. Sarabhai argued for the Institute's right to determine who its partner should be. Ultimately, IIMA partnered with HBS.

Punch Card

(Punch card samples)

18.7 x 8.2 cm
IIMA Archives

These were used to input data/ instructions into IIMA's early computers. First, using a card puncher, holes would be punched into the 80 columns, each hole-in-a-column representing one character. Then, the set of punched cards would be fed into a card reader that was connected to a computer.