Faqir Chand Kohli aka FC Kohli, often called the Father of the Indian Software Industry and Padma Bhushan awardee passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday. A veteran of the Tata Group, he was the founder and first CEO of India’s largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services.
The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) exchange affiliation, where Kohli filled in as president between 1995-96, took to Twitter to express its condolences on Kohli’s demise. “A true visionary and the father of the Indian software industry – Shri FC Kohli will always be remembered for his pioneering contributions to the sector and remarkable leadership at NASSCOM. Our condolences to his family,” the tweet read.
“He was always looking at the next frontier. He started talking about computing in Indian languages in the nineties and his perpetual grouse was that we are doing nothing for electronics hardware,” said the former Nasscom chairman Ganesh Natarajan.
FC Kohli was born in Peshawar British India on March 19, 1924. He did his tutoring in Peshawar and did his BA and BSc (Hons) at the Government College for Men in Lahore from Punjab University, Lahore, where he was college gold medalist. Thereafter, he went to Queen’s University, Canada and finished his BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1948. He at that point laboured for a year at the Canadian General Electric Company and therefore did his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950.
Kohli was viewed as the father of the nation’s product industry and had spearheaded India’s ‘Innovation Revolution’ to enable the nation to manufacture a USD 100 billion IT Industry during his residency at TCS. He resigned in 1999 at 75 years old.
Prominently, among the numerous distinctions presented to him, he was likewise congratulated with the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial grant in 2000 for his commitment to India’s product industry.