Karnik Dataquest IT Person of the Year 2005

Dataquest has named Kiran Karnik, President, Nasscom, the apex body for the software industry, the `Dataquest IT Person of the Year 2005'.

The DQ Awards panel also announced the choice of Hemant Sonawala for the Lifetime Achievement Award, saying he has been a forerunner in introducing high technology products in India through strategic alliances and has essayed the role of a pioneer and an entrepreneur in the industry.  R. Chandrashekhar is selected for DQ Pathbreaker Award 2005, for initiating a model of public-private partnership, which is now being replicated to drive the country's e-Governance agenda .