October 18, 1949, Sardar nominated the first Trustees. Jam Saheb and Samaldas Gandhi were
to represent Saurashtra Government. Gadgil, Minister for Works, Mines and Power, and D.V.
Rege, Regional Commissioner of Saurashtra at Rajkot, were appointed as nominees of the
Government of India.
Brijmohan Birla and myself were
appointed as representatives of the general public. Two vacancies were kept for future
donors. Though not officially a Trustee, U.N. Dhebar, Chief Minister of Saurashtra,
has been more than a Trustee, aiding, guiding and implementing all the activities of
the Trust with rare conscientiousness. Sardar's message to Jam Saheb of
Nawanagar, which was conveyed in a D.O letter, dated November 22, 1949, from
V. P. Menon, then Secretary, States Ministry, is as follows: -