Ajai Chowdhary (born 29 August 1950) is one of the six founding members of HCL. A highly decorated Indian Industry icon, today he is an inspiration for young Indians. He is currently the Chairman-Board of Governors at IIT Patna and NIFFT Ranchi.Beginning his career in 1972, Ajai Chowdhary worked with DCM Data Products. In 1975, he quit his job to start Microcomp.Ajai Chowdhary works closely with the Government of India, for various endeavours and initiatives. Ajai Chowdhary has been part of several Government of India committees. These endeavours aim at increasing IT proliferation in India, and also towards facilitating the growth of the IT and Electronics industry in India. In August 2009, the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & IT and the Government of India constituted the IT Task Force, under the leadership of Ajai Chowdhary.Ajai Chowdhary is a member of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC), which is an apex body providing advisory inputs for shaping government policy.Ajai Chowdhary is the Chairman of CII National Committee on Technology.Ajai Chowdhary is a panellist on the USC Forum on Globalization and Innovation.