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Old 02-16-2004, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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8 Year old from india is MS certified

http://www.telegraphindia.com/104021...ry_2900904.asp

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Siliguri, Feb. 15: “I want to build a computer that will respond to brain waves and dispense with the need to use hands,” says Mridul Seth, his fingers almost a whir as he punches the keys of a laptop.

Fresh from Bangalore where he successfully passed Microsoft’s online test on the software programmes devised by the firm, Mridul logs in to a site on Sikkim.

Within seconds, the screen changes to the site’s homepage, then to another on the hill state’s telecommunication.

“There is a lot more to do. Computers are like a gateway to a larger world for me,” says the shy eight-year-old designer of the two portals on the state that is also his home.

Later, as he prances about in the lawn with some other children without a trace of the earlier seriousness, it is difficult to believe he is the youngest Microsoft Certified Software Engineer, one of the most sought-after degrees for software professionals.

What makes Mridul’s story even more interesting is that until four years ago he did not even know how to speak.

His father, M.K. Seth, says: “Mridul was born without an external ear and his hearing ability is still weak. He learnt to speak late and was almost perennially sick when younger.”

His extraordinary skills came to light when as a four-year-old he learnt counting 1 to 100 in 24 hours.

“I taught him tougher maths the next day and he had no problem understanding them,” Seth said.

On February 12, he successfully passed the Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft 2000 Professional Examinations held in Bangalore.

The family has written to the Guinness Book of World Records to acknowledge Mridul as the youngest person to earn the Microsoft degree.

Last year, when Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee visited Sikkim, he felicitated Mridul.

Talking about the boy’s achievement, Amar Nath, a Bangalore-based telecommunications consultant told The Telegraph over phone: “Cracking the Microsoft test is a feat that is even difficult for adults to achieve. For a child of eight to pass that test is unimaginable.”

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Old 02-16-2004, 02:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hrm...
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There is a major difference.
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would like to know how this kid was even introduced to software programming. It seems to me that the only way this could happen is if his parents were pressuring him to do it.
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Whelp,

There goes any reason left to get MS certified.

I can just hear it now, "If an eight year old can do it, it must not be very hard..."
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Dang it...
He isn't a programmer
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Passing that one exam only makes him an MCP...still impressive though. Future terrorist in the making!
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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haha, nice.
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Not that surprised.
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Old 02-17-2004, 04:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That's amazing!
I've played with computers since I was 5, and at the age of 8 all I had managed to do was to copy a program in BASIC from a book, and make it work... haven't gotten any farther yet though, and I'm 23...
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Future terrorist in the making!
Care to explain that?
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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i can, it's called overwelming stupidity


Way to go Mridul!!
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Old 02-17-2004, 07:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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what's the point in getting MS certified at such a young age ...
Everyone knows that most people who pass the exams are only MCSE on paper.
You can study the Braindumps readily available on the internet and pass the tests with ease...

The value of the MCSE certification as such is terribly overrated, companies will often demand the MCSE certification for job openings and forget/fail to test the applicant for his actual technical knowledge....

its a sad thing and a real waste of money in my eyes.

As such I reckon that this kid may have a real potential to become an actual 'Nerd' or 'Geek' in the computer industry and make a difference, but at this age, i feel sorry for all the kid's stuff he is going to miss because of it
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Old 02-17-2004, 08:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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still, quite impressive for a kid like that. however, india people are just really smart =)
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Old 02-17-2004, 08:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I just hope he doesn't get pressured (too much) to do many other genius activities, like go to college or something when he's 12. I think it'd be horrible to miss out on childhood, that's a sacred thing!
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Old 02-17-2004, 09:06 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Geez, what an asshole....I mean, congratulations kid.
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Old 02-18-2004, 06:55 AM   #16 (permalink)
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yeah.. just what we need.. another paper qualified technician who doesn't know how anything works in the real world.
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