IIM Ahmedabad postpones launch of new logo amid protests by faculty

Following objections from several faculty members, the Board of Governors (BoG) of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) has decided to defer the launch of its new logo.

The decision was announced on Wednesday by industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, the chairman of the institute’s board, reported The Indian Express.

Earlier, the business school had earlier announced that it would unveil the new logo in June. However, it faced opposition from a section of its faculty. Over 40 faculty members had signed a letter objecting to the change of logo in question. He argued that the management of the institute did not consult him before proposing the change in the logo.

While attending the 57th Annual Convocation of IIMA, Birla announced the latest decision to postpone the change in logo. According to the Indian Express, he told reporters, “We discussed the issue of people today and the board has decided to put it on hold for the time being.” He added that Errol D’Souza, director of IIMA, will put up the new logo for input and extensive consultation and “we will look at it again.”

Talking about the postponement, Birla said that the sentiments of the people were attached to the eminent ones. Thus, he said that he thought of seeking public opinion before proceeding with this step.

The current logo of the institute was adopted when it was established in 1961. It includes a motif inspired by the carved stone latticework found in the Sidi Sayyid Mosque in the 16th century. It also contains a verse in Sanskrit which means development through application or distribution of knowledge.

The institute decided to replace this logo with two new ones, one for domestic and the other for international audience. But a section of the faculty claimed the new logo would have “far-reaching implications and long-term consequences” for the business school.

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