LAHORE: Youngest Microsoft certified Information Technology (IT) professional at the time, Arfa Karim left for a better place on January 14, 2012.
The certified professional was born in Faisalabad’s Ram Divali area and at a tender age of nine years she became an Information Technology engineer.
Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates conferred the degree upon the then youngest professional in 2005.
In the following months, Karim went on to receive several awards for her brilliant work. She was awarded with Pride of Performance, Salam Pakistan Youth and Madar-e-Millat awards.
Besides earning name in Information Technology, Karim was also a poetess and had literary inclinations. The IT professional was a trained pilot and was skilled in delivering lectures.
The torch bearer of the Pakistani youth, Karim paved way for several other young minds into the field including five-year-old Sania who in August 2015 was declared the youngest Microsoft certified professional. Sania’s siblings, two brothers and an elder sister have also been awarded in the past.
Another five-year-old, belonging to Rawalpindi, Zaidan Hamid had also bagged the award in 2015. Other Pakistani IT students who have awarded the youngest Microsoft certified professional awards are six and a half years old Huraiz Awan and Mehroz Yawar, five-year-old Pakistan-born British Ayyan Qureshi and six-year-old Hamza Shahzad.