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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.

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(Advertisement inviting applications for the first PGP, Times of India, November 18, 1963)

22 x 10.5 cm
November 18, 1963
IIMA Archives

The advertisement calling for applications to the first PGP captures the fundamental entry criterion that continues to this day: a graduate of a recognized university in any academic discipline. The collaboration with Harvard is also highlighted.