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Hemant Sonawala, the pioneer of India’s IT industry, died

Jun 2, 2015 12:43 IST

Hemant Sonawala, the chairman of Hinditron Group, died on 30 May 2015. He was 78.

Sonawala was one of the founders of India’s Information Technology (IT) industry. He started Hinditron in 1966 and its computer division in 1971, which at present is engaged in several fields like Information Technology, Instrumentation, and Telecommunication products, Video, Broadband and Software Services.

He was also the founder of Digital Equipment India (DEI), which was the first technology IPO in India. DEI later in 1988 became a part of HP India.

He was associated with the Computer Society of India, the IEEE, Nasscom, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

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