New Delhi, January 18 2014: Cofounder of pioneering Indian Infotech company HCL and lifelong ambassador of the India IT brand, Ajai Chowdhry was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in ICT at the CyberMedia ICT Business Awards 2013 function in the national capital yesterday. The event was attended by over 400 senior executives from the ICT industry. The Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, handed over the award.
Chowdhry, one of the six founder members of HCL began his journey in the IT industry over three decades ago with a dream to give India its very own microcomputer. In these last three decades, Mr. Chowdhry has been a key force in driving the growth of HCL from being India’s original IT garage start-up to becoming a global enterprise.
A great believer in domestic manufacturing, he has worked closely with the Government as well as various Industry associations and bodies to take the cause of ‘IT for the masses’ forward. He has also played a key role in championing the cause of the domestic IT market and electronics in India. In the last few years, Mr. Chowdhry has been relentlessly working towards giving back to the society through his in-depth experience and understanding of the industry and with his contribution to various government advisory committees.
Said Chowdhry: “I am deeply honored to receive this award both as a proud Indian and a member of our very progressive Indian IT community. I have all my life focused on ways to contribute to the industry to drive a larger societal change. It is heart warming to see my industry and peer group acknowledging all my hard work and effort.
He added: "In 2009 as part of the Government committee chaired by me, we had made some recommendations, which were later accepted, and an Electronics Policy was created. What is needed now is the urgency to implement it in totality. My dream is to see a self-sufficient India where we design our own products and manufacture them right here."
Chowdhry who was earlier honoured with the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honours in India, also received the DATAQUEST ‘IT Person of the Year' Award in 2007.