Father of the Indian software industry and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, Faqir Chand Kohli, passed away on Thursday. He was 96 years old.
In 2002 Kohli received the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the Indian software industry.
He pioneered the country’s “technological revolution” and helped the Indian country grow its $ 100 billion computer industry.
Born March 19, 1924 in Peshawar, he obtained his BA and BSC from the Government College for Men of Lahore of the University of the Punjab. He later attended Queen’s University in Canada and obtained his BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1948. He also received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950.
Kohli returned to India in 1951 and joined Tata Electric Companies and became its director in 1970. During this tenure he was responsible for the use of digital computers for the design and control of electrical systems.
In September 1969, Kohli became the Managing Director of TCS. In 1994, he became vice-president of the company and the rest is history. In 1991 he actively worked to bring IBM to India as part of Tata-IBM.
He retired in 1999 at the age of 75.
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