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This month's archival snippet illuminates the commencement of construction for the IIMA campus. On September 9, 1964, a groundbreaking ceremony took place, coinciding with Ganesh Chaturthi, by Shri Madanmohan Mangaldas.
The seven leading building firms were invited to tender out of which only four had tendered. After careful consideration and on the recommendation of the National Institute of Design the contract was given to Messrs. Gannon Dunkerley & Company Limited, as they had submitted the lowest bid. The initial phase of the construction work commenced with the construction of houses types III, IV, and V for faculty and staff, as well as dormitories for students. The construction of two dormitories was expected to be completed by August 1965, while the faculty houses were projected to be finished by December 1965. However, the actual completion of two dormitories, D 6 and D 12, and a total of 46 houses, including type III (301 to 312, 316 to 320), type IV (401 to 425), and type V (501 to 505) took place in the year 1966.
Some interesting photographs showcasing the ongoing campus construction are available on this link.
This month's featured document, attached, showcases a photograph of the IIMA Foundation Ceremony in the 1960s (most likely Sep 9, 1964, day of ground-breaking ceremony), the excerpt of the ground-breaking ceremony from the Annual Report 1964-65, and the progress report on 'Designing of the Institute Buildings' from the Board of Governors Meeting Minutes, September 4, 1964.
IIMA Archives monograph, Not Yet 25: IIMA in Louis Kahn's Designs and Pranlal Patel's Images, on the architectural history of the institute is available on this link.
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