Father of Indian IT Fakir Chand Kohli passes away

New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) The founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Fakir Chand Kohli passed away on Thursday, TCS said. He was 96.

In the year 2002, Kohli, who was known as the father of Indian IT, was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the Indian software industry. He had retired in 1999 at the age of 75.

Born in Peshawar in 1924 (now in Pakistan), he graduated from Government College for Men in Lahore under Punjab University. He also did BSc.

He also pursued a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada. He came back to the independent India in 1951 and became the general manager of TCS in September 1969, and then vice-president in 1994.

He was instrumental in bring IBM to the country.


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