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Saturday, 22 November 2014

5 Year Old Boy Now World's Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional

A 5 year old boy Ayan Qureshi has become the world’s youngest qualified computer specialist after passing a Microsoft Windows exam. Qureshi who has only just started primary school, passed the exam at Birmingham City University to become a Microsoft Certified Professional.

He has now set a new world record for the youngest person ever to pass a Microsoft exam - at the age of 5 years and 11 months, beating the previous record held by 6-year-old Mehroz Yawar from Pakistan. Ayan was first introduced to computers when he was just 3, by his father Asim, 43, who soon realised his son’s natural aptitude for technology. The IT consultant then built his son a computer lab at the family’s home in Coventry, West Midlands and started preparing Ayan for the complex Microsoft test.

After just 5 months training, Ayan sat the 'Supporting Windows 8.1' assessment for IT professionals alongside several adult candidates. He breezed through the 2 hour exam in September and even finished with time to spare before finding out shortly afterwards he had passed. 'We are just so proud of him,' said Mr Qureshi. He has plans to take an advanced test in the future but he has to concentrate on school for now.'
'He was very interested in computers from the age of  3 so I started explaining to him about hardware and software and installing programmes. I found that whatever I told him, he was able to remember it the next day, so I built a computer lab in our house for him to use, and he loves it.'I showed him how to install Windows and then decided to enter him for this exam. It wasn’t easy teaching him every day but he picked it all up in the end.'

Ayan, who has a younger brother Rayn, 3, has also undertaken some distance learning lessons from London based computer training company IT Bolts. He was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but his father and mother Mamoona, 34, who is training to become a GP, moved to London in 2009. He is yet to decide on a career path but hopes for a job involving his favourite subjects of maths and computing.

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