LAHORE: Today is the sixth death anniversary of the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Arfa Karim Randhawa.
People from all walks of life paid rich tribute to tech prodigy Arfa Karim on her death anniversary.
Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Dr Umar Saif paid tribute to World’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Arfa Karim.
“Arfa will be remembered as a tech hero with a progressive image of Pakistan and conveying the message across the globe that our girls have potential and opportunities to excel in any field of life. Arfa is still a beacon of light for Pakistani girls to freely come forward to serve the country,” he added.
Arfa’s mother Samina Amjad shared memories of her daughter and spoke about her brilliant achievements. “Arfa wanted to do something for people of her country by providing free education to everyone,” she added.
Nosheen Haroon, a teacher of Arfa said: “I was in aware of her brilliance when she first joined my class. “Arfa’s brothers recited pieces of poetry written by her.
The special event was organised by the PITB’s project TechHub Connectin in collaboration with Arfa Karim Foundation.
Arfa Karim Randhawa had passed away on January 14, 2012, after suffering from an epileptic attack.
Her untimely death at the tender age of 16 had saddened people in Pakistan and abroad, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates conferred the degree upon the then youngest professional in 2004 and she kept the title till 2008. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit Microsoft Headquarters in the US.
Born on February 2, 1995, Arfa Karim exhibited her excellent skills in the field of Information Technology and completed her A Levels at Lahore Grammar School when she died of cardiac arrest on January 14, 2012 in Lahore.
Arfa Kareem was also presented Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal the field of Science and Technology by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz.
She was also conferred with the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award again in August 2005 from the President of Pakistan. Later on she was also given President’s Pride of Performance Award.
Punjab Government named its first ever Information Technology Park in Lahore after Arfa Karim.