Big b-ayan-g theory: Computer genius becomes world’s youngest Microsoft certified professional at just five-years-old
A computer genius has become the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – at just FIVE YEARS OLD.
Gifted Ayan Qureshi – now six – passed the exam when he was five years and 11 months old, smashing the previous record of six and a half.
The test is normally taken by adults after the graduate from university, and invigilators were so shocked at Ayan’s age they initially stopped him from sitting the exam.
Officials from Birmingham University had to put in a call to Microsoft HQ to check the schoolboy, from Coventry, West Mids, was allowed to sit the exam – and passed it with flying colours in well under the time limit of two hours.
Proud dad Asim, an IT consultant himself, said: “Ayan has always watched me on the computer from a very early age.
“He used to sit next to me and watch what I did like a hawk.
“Then he started playing with the computer and using all my spare hardware.”
It took him working two hours after school a day for five months to be ready for the MCP qualification at Birmingham City University.
He used a mixture of his dad’s tuition, online tutorials and long distance learning lessons from computer training company IT Bolts.
The previous record was held by Mehroz Yawar from Pakistan who passed at the age of six and a half.
Last month, Ayan successfully created a computer network by connecting two PCs, two laptops, one switch and a route.
Asim said: “It took months for Ayan to become an MCP, but he really enjoys computers so it was fun for him.
“He’s really curious but I try to answer all of his questions.
“When he kept saying how interested he was, I explained to him the theory in as simple terms as possible.
“It’s not easy, but he’s very smart and he really loves technology.”
Ayan keeps the certificate – which shows he can use operating systems created by USA computing giant Microsoft – as pride of place in his bedroom.