Veteran Indian computer industry captain Faqir Chand Kohli popularly referred to as the Father of the Indian Computer Industry passed away earlier today, November 26, 2020. Born on March 19, 1924, Mr. FC Kohli was the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software consultancy company.
FC Kohli joined Tata Electric Companies in 1951 and helped to set up the load dispatching system to manage the system operations. He became director of Tata Electric Companies in 1970. He was the first Chie Executive Office of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) which pioneered India’s IT Revolution and helped the country to build the more than USD 100 billion IT Industry verticals.
Be it the propagation of computerization in India at a time when no one realised its potential or bringing the benefits of IT, Kohli saw IT as an instrument of national development. A visionary and pioneer by nature, is acknowledged as the Father of the Indian Software Industry’.
Born in Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan), he did his BA and received a university gold medal. He, later on, went to complete his BSc Hons from Queen’s University, Canada with a scholarship and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1950.