Microsoft Certified Professional aged 9

According to

"A Pakistani girl has qualified as a Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of 9.

Arfa Karim of Multan has officially become the youngest MCP in Pakistan, and one of the youngest in the world. Karim, now 10, met with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates last week--an experience she later described as second only to visiting Disneyland.

To attain the credential--at any age--a person has to display technical proficiency in areas such as .Net, Visual Studio 6.0 and Windows Server 2003. "

Could you imagine?  "Oh Arfa, please could you put switch off the Powerpuff Girls DVD now and complete the relational database and validate with DataSet using DataTable object.  Then diagram ADO.NET object model before you go to bed please...'

Comments (8)
  1. Owais says:

    It just goes to show that Pakistan is misrepresented in the western media as a state where there has a lot to do with terrorism. A lot of progress has been made in Pakistan and it is nice to see it get recognized. BTW you might want to check the location again, I thought she was from Faisalabad not Multan.

  2. Nish says:

    Interesting 🙂

    I read an article on her earlier, though the pic on the article suggested she’s older than 9 – looked at least 13.

  3. Norman says:

    Any one can be MCP.

    It is like reading a book and giving Exam.

    There is no weight in being MCP.

  4. MCP owner says:

    Unfortunately Norman is right. Nowadays it’s very easy to become a MCP, you just read the training kit and some additional documentation (but even MSDN Library will do) and the exam is piece of cake. It should be a lot more difficult.

    I hear this is the trend with other "titles" as well, I think I heard about a 15-year old MVP on Channel9. But then again, this is also the case with BS, MSc and PhD, they become less and less valued. At the end of the day, the only think that matters is how capable you really are under various situations. After all, no real life project ever resembles the cases in the MCP training kits 😉

  5. MS Guy [Under Development] says:

    I agree with Norman and MCP Owner. Well, but at other hand it is not suppose to easy task if MS still interested to issue such certification (is it not another way to make money). The only point that make this point more weighted is that the progress of IT industry in Pakistan.

  6. Kashif Khan says:

    Dear Sir,

    This young & genious kid broke the world record by passing the Microsoft’s exam & becoming world’s most youngest MCP(Microsoft Certified Professional) at the age of 9years & 27 days only.

    We’ll be more glade to read this news in your paper,its almost in every Pakistani News Paper & TV channells like GEO TV,PTV & ARY.

    Worlds Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Exam passed on 29 March 2006 Through Prometric testing center.(Examinee ID=SR2274105 Registration#n2asyd5345)

    Name: Babar Iqbal

    Fathers Name: Engineer Mr. Abdul Shahid Sadiq

    Date of Birth: 02 March 1997

    Place of Birth: Dera Ismail Khan City NWFP Pakistan

    Class: 5th

    Key Skills: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Web Development, Microsoft FrontPage XP, Flash MX, Director MX.

    Family distinction: 5 brother & sisters are Microsoft Certified .Babar Iqbal being the Youngest.

    His sister Asifa Khan studying in the 7th , who is elder to him, aged 11 Years 4 months and 17 days is also Microsoft Certified Professional. Others are following :

          Asif Iqbal

          MCP, MCAD.NET , MCSD.NET , MCDBA , MCSA , CIW Security Analyst, Brainbench Certified


          Kashif Khan

          MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CCNA, Brainbench Certified

          IT Manager

          Taj Al Mulook General Trading LLC,Dubai


          Saima Khan


    U can goto Microsoft website by going to the following link & check it

    for your self the status of Babar Iqbal.

    Transcript id  :725359

    Access Code:youngestmcp


    Kashif Khan

    Taj Al Mulook General Trading LLC,Dubai

    Mobile#+971 50 2753725

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