Dr.Faqir Chand Kohli
 
Dr. Fakir Chand Kohli is a visionary and pioneer by nature, is acknowledged as the ‘Father of the Indian Software Industry’.

Born in Peshawar (Now in Pakistan), Faqir Chand Kohli, obtained BA and B.Sc.(Hons.) degrees from Punjab University - Government College, Lahore. Thereafter, he went to Queen’s University, Canada and received his B.Sc.(Hons.) degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948. He worked with the Canadian General Electric Company for a year, and proceeded to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, where he received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering. Kohli returned to India in early August 1951, and joined Tata Electric Companies.
Dr. Faqir Chand Kohli,
TCS, Mumbai
 
In September 1969, he moved to Tata Consultancy Services as General Manager. In 1974, he was made the Director-in-Charge and in 1994 Deputy Chairman. TCS was set up to take part in IT development. TCS carried out complex assignments for banks, telephone companies and the government in early 70s. TCS pioneered India’s IT Revolution and helped the country to build the IT Industry. Be it the propagation of computerisation in India at a time when no one realized its potential, or bringing the benefits of IT to India’s rural masses through computer based Adult Literacy programme, Kohli saw IT as an instrument of national development.

F C Kohli is a fellow of IEEE USA, IET UK, Institution of Engineers India, Computer Society of India and many others. He has received Doctorate in Engineering (Honoris Causa) from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1990, from Robert Gordon University in 2000, Aberdeen, U.K., University of Roorkee, UP in 2000, from IIT Bombay in 2004, Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2004 and IIT Kanpur 2006.

He has received many awards including the prestigious Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Award in 2001 and was conferred the Padma Bhusan in the year 2002.