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Dr. Douglas Ensminger (1910-1989), a rural sociologist, was appointed as the Ford Foundation representative for India and Pakistan in November 1951 and oversaw the foundation's activities in India for the next two decades. In the 1950s he articulated the need for management education to be provided by autonomous institutes that were not constrained by the hierarchies of the traditional university system. This vision aligned with that of the Government of India, which began to appreciate the need for management education during the development of India's second Five-Year Plan (1956-61). The Ford Foundation partnered with the Ministry of Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs, headed by Humayun Kabir, to develop management education with the help of American universities.
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