Faqir Chand Kohli, the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, handed away on Thursday on the age of 96.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, condoled the demise of Faqir Chand Kohli, saying that he was a visionary who made pioneering efforts to develop the IT trade in India.
“Sad to learn about the demise of Faqir Chand Kohli Ji. He was a visionary who made pioneering efforts to develop the IT industry in India. His commitment, hard work and foresight shall continue to inspire the industry forever. My sincere condolences,” the minister tweeted.
Who was FC Kohli?
Kohli was referred to as the Father of the Indian IT Industry. He was a pioneer of the nation’s know-how revolution and helped India construct its USD 100 billion IT trade.
Born on March 19, 1924, in Peshwar, he did his BA and BSc from the Government College for Men in Lahore beneath Punjab University. Later he went to Queen’s University in Canada and accomplished BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1948.
He additionally did his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950.
Kohli returned to India in 1951 and joined Tata Electric Companies and rose to change into its Director in 1970. During this tenure, he was accountable for the usage of digital computer systems for energy system design and management.
In September 1969, Kohli grew to become the overall supervisor of TCS. In 1994, he grew to become deputy chairman of the corporate and the remainder is historical past. In 1991 he actively labored to deliver IBM to India as a part of Tata-IBM. He retired in 1999 on the age of 75.
Top honchos of Tata Consultancy Services mourned the demise of their founder saying he was a real legend, who laid the foundations for India’s spectacular IT revolution and set the stage for a dynamic trendy financial system.
“I am deeply saddened by the news that FC Kohli passed away this afternoon. He was a true legend, who laid the very foundations for India’s spectacular IT revolution and set the stage for the dynamic modern economy we enjoy today. Kohli led innovations in areas far-ranging from adult literacy, water purification, software engineering, software automation, complex-systems and cybernetics,” stated N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons.
The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) commerce affiliation, where Kohli served as president between 1995-96 additionally expressed its condolences on Kohli’s demise.
The trade physique lauded the achievements of Kohli referred to as the ‘Father of Indian IT trade’ saying he was a visionary chief who foresaw the chance of India in know-how providers a long time again.
“Mr FC Kohli popularly known as the father of India’s technology industry and Past Chairman of NASSCOM passed away today, leaving behind a rich legacy of having laid the strong foundation of the USD190 billion IT industry in India. NASSCOM and all its members are deeply saddened by this loss and offer their sincere condolences to the family,” an official assertion learn.
“Kohli was the visionary leader who foresaw the opportunity of India in technology services and built TCS many decades back when almost nothing existed in the tech sector in India. His leadership and passion over the decades played a key role in helping establish India as a trusted and quality partner for global corporations, evangalise the importance of technology adoption for India, push for greater research in academic institutions, bring awareness on the importance of local language and hardware industry in India,” it additional learn.
As Chairman of NASSCOM in 1994-95, Kohli led the trade and NASSCOM to construct world partnerships in key markets, showcase the chance for IT providers from India and construct a tradition of collaboration within the trade members.
(With ANI inputs)