Yes, you read that correctly. A 5-year-old boy named Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing their exam. If this made you feel bad about not being a child prodigy then join the club. Ayan, who is now six, became the world’s youngest computer specialist by passing Microsoft’s exam. His father, Asim, is an IT consultant and introduced his son to computers when Ayan was just three years old. Mr. Qureshi allowed Ayan to play with his old computers so he could get an understanding of hard drives and motherboards. Clearly all that tinkering paid off.
Mr. Qureshi commented
I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he’d remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information,
Too much computing at this age can cause a negative effect, but in Ayan’s case he has cashed this opportunity.
Ayan has his own computer network at his home in Coventry, which he built himself, and spends about two hours a day tinkering and learning about the OS and installing programs. When he originally showed up for the exam the proctors were concerned, and rightfully so, that Ayan was too young to be a candidate, as the test is taken by those who want to become IT technicians. But we know what the outcome was, and I’m sure the results stunned those at Microsoft.
Ayan’s mother, Mamoona, said of her son’s achievement
I’m very happy and very proud, I don’t want to see him set a world record every day. But I want him to do his best whatever he does in his life,
Young Ayan has a bright future ahead of him and has stated that he wants to start his own company and hopes to launch a UK-based IT hub, like Silicon Valley, called E-Valley. Can’t wait to see what the little guy cooks up!