The Institute

Printed Material, Paper - CAT

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.

Printed Material, Paper - CAT

(Cover page of question paper, and answer sheet, of first CAT (Common Admission Test)

30 x 21 cm
IIMA Ahmedabad
January 1977
IIMA Archives

In 1976, the Government of India asked the Directors of the three IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta) to design a common admission test. A working group constituted in April 1976 worked out the details of the first CAT that was held on January 2, 1977, in 14 centres.