Published On : Tue, Jul 28th, 2015

Gadkari’s absence at IIM Nagpur inauguration prompts top admin to tender apology

Nagpur: It was a goof-up not expected of a premier management institute like IIM. When Union road and transport minister Nitin Gadkari was conspicuous by his absence at the inaugural ceremony of IIM-Nagpur on Sunday, it raised eyebrows.

However, it has come to the fore that the IIM-Ahmedabad administration had not sent an appropriate invitation to the Union minister. Not just was Gadkari”s name not printed on the invite as per protocol, but also the invite was sent to him by mail.

According to information, realising its folly, the IIM-A administration immediately resorted to course correction measure. The director of IIM-A Prof Ashish Nanda sent a letter of apology to the minister without delay.

Gadkari had played a major role in bringing the first IIM to Nagpur. IIM-A has been given the mentorship of IIM-N. However, the man who is instrumental in bringing the premier educational institute to the city itself could not attend the inaugural function of IIM-N because the IIM-A administration goofed-up with the invite.

The Union minister’s name was written below the name of the IIM-A director, which is against the protocol. Another protocol was broken when the invitation was sent by e-mail. So Gadkari stayed away from the inaugural function.

In his letter of apology, the director of IIM-A explained that the error in the invitation occurred due to the chaos of organising the inaugural programme. Nanda tendered a personal apology to the Union minister.

The PRO of IIM-A said that the director of IIM-A has sent an apology letter to the Union minister, has requested him to visit IIM-N and give his valuable guidance. Nanda has sought a meeting with the Union minister for the same.