Telangana I-T Minster K.T. Rama Rao facilitated Dr. Faqir Chand Kolhi, who is considered as father of I-T industry, on the concluding day of the year-long Silver Jubilee celebrations of Hyderabad Software Enterprises association (HYSEA) at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) yesterday.
"We have planned a grand and befitting silver jubilee celebration," announced Ranga Pothula, HYSEA president.
"HYSEA played a pivotal role in earning Hyderabad a distinction of being I-T capital of India. It is my good fortune of be a president of such a great organisation during its silver jubilee year," he added.
Rao also deliver a silver jubilee talk on 'Government's role in catalysing value growth', said Pothula.
Speaking on the occasion, Kolhi said, "How can you consider yourself on the top when your hardware is only 15 billion, while China is 150 billion. The reason is that the government in the 70's did not see the need for computers."
"After demonetisation, it is extremely important for us to start innovating and put our focus on vernacular languages to reach out to 800 million Indians, who do not speak English language," Rao said.
"We will launch rural technology as well," he added.
Ninety-year-old IT patriarch, Kohli, was the founder and the first Chief Executive Officer of Tata Consultancy Services, which has emerged as one of the biggest software firms in the world.
Pothula said the association played a significant role in growing the industry. "From a few million rupees 25 years ago, the industry grew to a stage where its members export IT services and products worth Rs 75,000 crore.
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