New Delhi: Condoling the demise of founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Faqir Chand Kohli, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Kohli will be remembered for his pioneering contributions to the world of IT.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Prime Minister posted, “Shri FC Kohli Ji will be remembered for his pioneering contributions to the world of IT. He was at the forefront of institutionalising a culture of innovation and excellence in the tech industry. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and many admirers.”
Faqir Chand Kohli passed away on Thursday, the TCS said. He was 96.
In 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.
Kohli 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 bringing IBM to the country.