The Institute

Copy of Letter - Ravi J. Matthai

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.

Copy of Letter - Ravi J. Matthai

(Letter to S. L. Kirloskar from Ravi J. Matthai, resigning from directorship)

20.7 x 25 cm
Ravi J. Matthai
January 27, 1972
IIMA Archives

Just a little less than a year and a half into his second five-year term, Ravi Matthai decided to 'step aside'. The step created a stir; it was unexpected, and people had to get used to the idea of a director voluntarily relinquishing his position.