Aiming high: 7-year-old computer whiz claims Microsoft honour

Published: June 25, 2013
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Huzair scored 780 marks out of a total of 1000, becoming a certified specialist. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Huzair scored 780 marks out of a total of 1000, becoming a certified specialist. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

LAHORE: 

Banners sporting snapshots of the allegedly youngest Microsoft certified computer specialist are splashed around the humble locality of Lahore’s Nabi Park area. One of the residents, Muhammad Huzair Awan, 7, scored highly on a certification exam.

It has been a week since the shy third-grader, cleared his Microsoft Certification exam.

While Huzair is to receive his official certificate from Microsoft by mid-July, he has received his scores. The Microsoft exam taken by Huzair tests the installation of programmes, upgrading and migrating to Windows 7, configuring hardware and applications, configuring network connectivity, configuring mobile computing amongst other computing tasks.

“I like computers,” says Huzair. “No one in my class likes computers.”

He reveals that his most prized possession is his laptop, which was gifted by his father last year. “He does not let anyone touch his laptop,” says his grandmother who initially was very concerned about the child spending so much time using it.

But despite his extraordinary prowess with computers, Huzair is no different from boys of his age. Clad in a white shirt which says ‘Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist’, Huzair loves playing Angry Birds and eating junk food.

Moreover, the talent did not mushroom overnight. Huzair’s father Yasir Awan revealed that at the age of 5, his son started showing keen interest in computers. Yasir, a small businessman, had shifted his workplace computer system to his home because excessive load shedding hindered his productivity at work. “Huzair would often just sit by my side and watch me work.”

Soon, he started operating computers on his own, added Yasir. But there were some bars. “While I did let him use the computer, I was vigilant as well.” Last year, Yasir decided to let his son take the computer courses at a summer camp in the absence of organised computer classes at school.

Earlier this year, Huzair’s parents and computer instructor Hafiz Mohammad Bilal decided that he should sit for an exam to get the Microsoft Certification.

On June 18, Huzair sat the exam at a centre at the Forman Christian College. He scored 780 marks out of a total of 1000, becoming a certified specialist. “I was very happy,” says Huzair with a broad smile across his face.

The young boy aspires to become a computer engineer. For now, however, he just plans to upgrade his laptop.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2013.

Reader Comments (25)

  • ishtiaq
    Jun 25, 2013 - 9:30AM

    Its a good way to get popularity..
    in fact passing these Microsoft exams does not make any one a genius..
    Any intelligent person can pass these test.. Even with “ratta”…

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  • oo7
    Jun 25, 2013 - 9:42AM

    wow little computer master

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 25, 2013 - 10:12AM

    wah champion !!!!!!!!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 25, 2013 - 10:22AM

    Pakistan is full of such potential but the most unfortunate part of exploring the potential is that first of all we do not have such facilities available in our own country to explore the potential and secondly the law and order situation and the ongoing terrorism in Pakistan is terrorizing the actual potential.

    Hence, people who have real potential and who can manage to go abroad are leaving the country resulting in brain drain.

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  • Syed
    Jun 25, 2013 - 10:29AM

    ishtiaq, the kid is 7 years old!!!
    i think its amazing what he has done. i wish him all the very best.

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  • KachuKuma
    Jun 25, 2013 - 11:13AM

    @ishtiaq:
    what were you doing when you were 7?

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  • Salim Karim
    Jun 25, 2013 - 11:15AM

    @ishtiaq: can you post the news on the technical examinication you passed at the age 7, i’m sorry i couldn’t find it online.
    This kid makes Pakistan proud and its evidence of what the people of Pakistan can be capable of. This is a good example of why we need to build the IT infrastructure with better universities, more access to internet for rural areas & slightly more open mind about the benefits of some tools like YouTube and google rather than seeing them as a portal to access evil.

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  • Jun 25, 2013 - 11:17AM

    @ishtiaq why so much hatred for a 7 year old kid ? You didn’t pass that exam , guess what “ratta ” doesn’t works for everyone.

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  • saad
    Jun 25, 2013 - 11:22AM

    mashaAllah! all the best to him!

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  • Junaid
    Jun 25, 2013 - 11:37AM

    A Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification proves your skills on a particular Microsoft technology, such as a Windows operating system, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, or Microsoft Visual Studio. MCTS certifications are no longer in development. However, your MCTS certification will remain valuable as long as companies are using the technology on which it certifies

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  • Cyrus
    Jun 25, 2013 - 12:24PM

    wow! lets be happy and encourage students!!

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  • Jagranvi
    Jun 25, 2013 - 1:19PM

    Masha Allah, it’s amazing

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  • anon
    Jun 25, 2013 - 1:34PM

    @ishtiaq:
    Seriously!!! Shame on you!!! instead of motivating and encouraging the child you make it sound like everyone has this achievement/ Do you have kids? How many of them achieved this? Seems like you have either had lack of appreciation in your life or, maybe you never did anything worth appreciating!!! Care to comment now?

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:01PM

    Alas there is something good coming out of loadshedding ;)

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  • Socrates
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:19PM

    @anon:
    I guess you were actively “encouraging” Engr. Agha Waqar as well ?

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  • Usama
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:27PM

    Pakistan is a place where people who get 25 A’s in O’level get more importance than Scientists like Abdus Salam.

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  • Usama
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:32PM

    This kid has done a very good thing.
    But there have been many like him before in Pakistan alone. And there are many who got more than 20 A’s in O’level and A’level.
    But do you know that there is no scientist in NASA from Pakistan.
    If these persons who get A’s are so good then why they don’t win the Nobel prize or why they don’t reach highly reputed organisations.

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Hate to burst the bubble but this “breaking of age record” in Microsoft certification is an ongoing theme in Pakistan. Given that its an online test, how do I know the kid was not assisted during the test ? Why am I so pessimistic ?

    Because I was born and lived in Pakistan for over 40 years. I understand the Pakistani mentality and culture and don’t approve of it. Read between the lines as I don’t want to have to spell it out for anyone.

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  • not impressed
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:45PM

    @ishtiaq:
    he is 7 years old; stop being such a hater man!

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  • Jun 25, 2013 - 11:29PM

    well done!!

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  • Azeem
    Jun 30, 2013 - 12:57AM

    @ishtiaq:
    Your comments: a intelligent person clear this exam ….it mean u admit that 7 year boy intelligent…

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  • Azeem
    Jun 30, 2013 - 1:05AM

    Prometric Center is authorized exam collection deptt. which is working for different Co. whole the world and all exams video recorded. I think Microsoft is a tycon in software industry and he has a check n balance for this certification process.

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  • Rehan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:20PM

    @ishtiaq: bahi where were you in the age of 7.. most probably playing gulli danda..

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  • Ali
    Jul 29, 2013 - 10:31PM

    Really a 7 year old passed the exam ? i thought they allow to be more than 18 years to sit for an exam and have a valid national ID card.
    Second of all passing the certification exam is not an acheivement at all just learn the questions and answers and in the exam it will come same it is

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  • Niaz Haroon
    Aug 11, 2013 - 11:18PM

    Many Many Congratulations Muhammad Huzair Awan :)

    Best Regards,
    Niaz Haroon

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