The Institute

Typed Letter, Paper - Gautam Sarabhai

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.

Typed Letter, Paper - Gautam Sarabhai

(Letter from Gautam Sarabhai regarding the IIMA building and enclosing a letter to Louis Kahn)

20.5 x 29 cm
Gautam Sarabhai
NID, Ahmedabad
April 2, 1962
IIMA Archives

The founders of the Institute had undertaken to raise the originally estimated Rs. 30 lakhs for buildings. Gautam Sarabhai, Chairperson of NID at that time, writes that with the area increasing, the cost would be Rs. 81 lakhs, but that Kasturbhai Lalbhai had asked the first phase to be limited to Rs. 25-30 lakh.