Primary schoolboy named world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Pro

30th Jan 2015

Elham Asaad Buaras
A primary schoolboy from Coventry has become the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the tender age of six. The test is normally taken by young adults aiming to be I.T professionals.

Ayan Qureshi, was just weeks shy of his sixth birthday when he passed the exam on September 27, beating the previous record held by Mehroz Yawar from Lahore, Pakistan, who passed at the age of six and a half.
When Ayan and his dad Asim arrived at Birmingham City University invigilators were shocked to see such a young candidate. They said he could not take the exam. But a phone call to Microsoft put problems right and Ayan took his place at a computer alongside the other adult candidates.

Ayan Qureshi, was just weeks shy of his sixth birthday when he passed the Microsoft Certified Professional Exam

He finished the online exam before the allowed time of two hours was up and was delighted to hear he had passed. The certificate shows the Clifford Bridge Primary School pupil can use operating systems created by Microsoft.

Speaking to The Muslim News Ayan said, “I started playing with computer hardware and operating system when I was about three. I used to watch dad working on the computers so I developed interest in the IT. I was very keen to explore features of computer operating system and basic networking.”

Qureshi, an IT Consultant, told The Muslim News: “He has good memory and started grasping the technical knowledge. So his interest and passion drove him toward his certification.”

Qureshi says he would advise other parents to identify their “children’s natural interest, aptitude and potential then channelise and encourage them to do their best, without any burden, in that particular field. Parents should give adequate time to children and facilitate them.”

Qureshi created a computer laboratory for Ayan in the family home. After school each day Ayan would spend several hours working in it learning how to network computers and install and use software and hardware. He also used some distance learning lessons from London based computer training company IT Bolts.

It took five months of daily sessions in the lab to be ready to pass the exam. So far Ayan hasn’t set his heart on any particular job. But he hopes for a career involving his favourite subjects of math and computing.

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