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IIM Ahmedabad creates endowment funds with ₹100 crore from founding alumni

A file picture of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, in Gujarat.

A file picture of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, in Gujarat.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

In a first, Ahmedabad based Indian Institute of Management on Tuesday announced the launch of the ‘IIM Ahmedabad Endowment Fund’, with an initial commitment of ₹100 crore from 10 founding alumni.

The endowment aims to raise ₹1,000 Crore over a period of five years. IIM-A is the first management school in India to come up with this first-of-its-kind fund setting a benchmark and inspiring other institutes.

Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairperson, IIM-A Board of Governors said, “Endowment funds help ensure financial health of any institute, thereby encouraging growth and self-sufficiency. We truly appreciate the Founder alumni for their generous contributions to kick-start the IIM Ahmedabad Endowment Fund. These funds will play a significant role in realizing the long-term goals of the Institute and retain its autonomy.”

In a media statement, the institute said that since its inception in 1961, IIMA has produced over 33,000 alumni working across India Inc., contributing significantly across corporates, fields of entrepreneurship, academia, public policy and service in India as well as abroad.

With one in seven CEOs with a management degree from IIMA, the Institute has the highest number of alumni in CEO/CXO-level roles in India’s top 500 companies.

The IIM Ahmedabad alumni have also founded some of the finest business enterprises in the country.

Prof Errol D’Souza, Director, IIM-A said, “Alumni are a source of pride and strength for the Institute. While they have contributed in many ways to support the Institute’s priorities; the endowment corpus will be very impactful as we expect it to emerge as an important source to support key strategic initiatives and innovative projects. Such a critical funding support has been missing for most Indian educational institutions and we are happy to create a benchmark.”

Under the guidance of the IIM-A Board of Governors, the endowment fund will be managed by an independent Endowment Committee consisting of initial alumni contributors and the Director and Dean, Alumni and External Relations (AER) of IIM-A, in their ex-officio capacity.

The initial major contributors who are founders of this Endowment and have committed to contribute more than ₹10 crores each have come from across the batches of IIM starting from Sandeep Singhal and Kavita Iyer, Co-Founder of WestBridge Capital and formerly co-founder of Sequoia Capital India; and trustees Of SIFF respectively, Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, InfoEdge, Deep Kalra, Founder & Group CEO, Makemytrip, Ramesh Mangaleswaran ans Meenakshi Ramesh, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; and Co-Founder of Citizen Matters respectively, Kuldeep Jain, Founder, Cleanmax Enviro Energy Solutions, VT Bharadwaj, Cofounder, A91 Partners, Peeyush Misra, Partner, Growth Source Financial Technologies and GV Ravishankar, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India.

Besides, other significant contributors who have committed to more than Rs 5 crores are Arun Duggal, Chairman, ICRA and SK Jain, Co-Founder of WestBridge Capital and formerly Sequoia Capital India.

“The transparent structure of the fund will help IIMA engage more actively with its alumni and they will be able to meaningfully participate in shaping the future of their alma mater. This will also help the Institute deliver greater value through contemporary, high quality teaching and research,” said Rakesh Basant, Dean - Alumni & External Relations.

“Endowments form the backbone of all great Universities around the world. Endowment is the glue that binds the University with its alumni. Greater the University, larger is the Endowment. With this initiative, the management and the alumni have sowed a seed for what will one day be a large endowment proportionate to the stature of IIM Ahmedabad” said Sandeep Singhal and Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founding donors of the newly created endowment fund.

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