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F C Kohli

Founder, TCS

F C Kohli is frequently referred to as the Father of the Indian Software Industry due to his significant contribution in Indian IT industry He was the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software consultancy company. Mr. Kohli did his BA and BSc (Hons) from Punjab University, Lahore. After getting the scholarship he went to Queen’s University, Canada and completed his BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1948. He then worked for a year at the Canadian General Electric Company and subsequently did his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950.

In 1951, he returned to the newly independent India to join Tata Electric and participate in the process of nation building. In 1969, Mr. Kohli had just computerized control of the power grid serving the city of Mumbai (then known as Bombay). It had been an impressive feat for him as general manager of Tata Electric, a sign he was well on his way to leading the company. But the Tata Group, India’s largest family-owned conglomerate, had other plans for Mr. Kohli. He was asked to help get Tata Consultancy Services, its fledgling information technology services company, off the ground as its general manager.

In 1973, Mr. Kohli became the first Indian to be elected to the board of directors of IEEE.  He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour, for his contribution to the Indian software industry.