LAHORE: The nation is remembering Pakistan’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, Arfa Karim Randhawa on her ninth death anniversary.
Born on 2nd February 1995, Arfa Karim became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine. In 2004 at the age of nine, Arfa Karim became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). She had her name in the Guinness Book of World Record and kept the title until 2008.
Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums including the TechEd Developers Conference in the Spanish city of Barcelona in 2006. In 2005, she was invited by Bill Gates to visit Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington in the United States.
Sitting down for a personal meeting with Bill Gates, Arfa asked the Microsoft founder why the company doesn’t hire people her age. The question wasn’t so unreasonable Under the circumstances. A science park in Lahore, the Arfa Software Technology Park, was named after her. On 15 January 2012, the Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif announced a name change of Software Technology Park to Arfa Software Technology Park. Her native hometown was also renamed after her to pay tribute to the child prodigy. The village of Ram Dewali is now named after Arfa Karim.