14 April 2022 13:15:22 IST

IIMA logo row: Board puts decision on change of logo “in abeyance for now”

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)

After much uproar over the proposed change in the existing logo of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), the Board of Governors of the institute on Wednesday decided to defer the launch of the new design of the logo. The authorities will now hold wider consultations with the stakeholders, which included faculty, alumni and students.

The Chairman of the IIMA's Board of Governors, Kumar Mangalam Birla informed that the Board had met on Wednesday and decided to put the scheduled launch of the new logo in abeyance for now.

"We had a discussion around the logo today. As the Board we have decided to keep it (the launch of the new logo) in abeyance for now," said Birla on the sidelines of premier B-school's 57th annual convocation held in Ahmedabad.

Complex decision

What prompted the Board to take this decision was the severe criticism from a large section of the alumni, faculty members and students after the management's decision to 'refresh' its existing logo was made public earlier this month.

Birla said, "a lot of people had a lot of emotions attached to the existing logo. So, we thought it is only right to take everyone's opinions into account." He said, IIMA Director, Errol D'Souza will hold a wider consultation around the change in logo post which the board will look at it again.

In its clarification for proposing two fresh designs of the existing logo, the institute had stated that while revamping the institute's website, a need was felt to refresh the existing 60-year-old logo. This irked the alumni and faculty members who strongly protested the decision and sought dialogue with the stakeholders before any final decision on the logo.

The faculty members had shot off a letter to the Board of Governors questioning the manner in which the decision to change of logo was taken and raised broader issues of governance at the management school.

At the 57th convocation in Ahmedabad, as many as 584 students were awarded degrees in presence of the Chief Guest Falguni Nayar, Founder and CEO, Nykaa,