Arfa Karim Randhawa (born 1996), a girl from the city of Faisalabad in Pakistan, who in 2006 at the age of 9 years and 7 months, became one of the youngest Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) in the world. She held that record for about four months until it was broken by the Babar Iqbal at the age of 9 years and 27 days. The same year, she was invited to visit the Microsoft headquarters in Washington and to meet with Bill Gates, CEO and Chief Software Architect of the corporation.
After being introduced to computers at the age of 6, Arfa prepared for her actual cerification examinations during her four month summer break from school. She holds an MPC in Windows Programming using the C# programming language.
After first discovering computers at the age of five Randhawa pestered her father for a PC. She has been accepted into Pakistan's Applied Technologies advanced computer institute.
Randhawa is now a Microsoft Certified Application Developer but plans to become a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, which involves building programs into broader systems for business.
Arfa Karim also met Somasegar, the Vice president of Microsoft Inc. and to him, Arfa described about self-navigating car then after a careful intention to Arfa Karim's Ideas, Somasegar told Arfa Karim about existing applications for cars developed by Microsoft. She is so young to be an employee in Microsoft but Vice president of Microsoft told her about the possibility of an internship for her in next few years.
Being a Software programmer, Arfa Karim has developed many basic Windows applications using C# programming language such as calculator, sorting tools etc. Arfa Karim told them to study at Harvard University or MIT and then work for Microsoft.
Arfa Karim went in U.S.A. with her father Mr. Karim while her mother and two brothers (3 years and 7 years old) were at home.
Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Foundation gave her Shabash Award for her achievement at this age. She also received Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal, Salaam Pakistan Youth Award and President's Award for Pride. Arfa Karim is Now a brand ambassador of PTCL EVO (Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited).
UPDATES (January 14, 2012)
RIP: IT Genious Arfa Karim Lost the Battle for Life
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
She was an asset for Pakistan and pride for the nation. Big loss for her parents, family and the the whole Pakistanis.