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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pranav Kalyan an Indian-Origin becomes Youngest Microsoft Technology Specialist

Pranav Kalyan
Pranav Kalyan, a fourth grader from Willow Elementary School in California, has become the youngest  Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. Kalyan is now listed on Wikipedia's List of Child Prodigies under "computer science."

Pranav with his family
On Jan 9, nine-year-old Kalyan of Indian origin cracked the MCTS (Microsoft Certification Technology Specialist) exams based on ASP.NET Framework 3.5 to become the youngest certified Microsoft associate.

Before Kalyan's feat, a Dubai-based computer prodigy, Babar Iqbal, was the youngest certified Microsoft professional associate. He had accomplished the MCTS certification in .NET 3.5 at the age of 12.

Kalyan started his interest in computers at the age of two and began coding simple HTML at the age of six. His father is also a computer programmer with the same certification, so its no surprise to see Kalyan's parents being a major influence.

Kalyan would study up to eight hours a day on weekends. "He also reads large college texts in mathematics and science. He is currently mastering calculus," Kalyan's father added.

"As a toddler, Pranav was more fascinated by computers than toys. He started writing small software programs at the age of six," said the prodigy's father Kalyan Kumar.
Pranav's father hails from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He is now settled in California and currently works at the Bank of America, Los Angeles.

The elated father said,"He (Pranav) is capable of solving problems in differential calculus and integral calculus. His efficiency in mathematics helped him write programs".

The computer prodigy said that he spent the last 18 months to prepare for the MCTS exams and further claimed that he sat close to eight hours a day on computer programming in his holidays, reported the news agency.

Pranav's achievement is no small feat. His logical and mathematical skills put many computer graduates to shame. Microsoft's certification is one of the hardest technical tests to crack. Even many tech wizards find it very hard to clear the test. Only a few programmers in the world have received the honours till date.

Microsoft offers MCTS certification in a large array of technical fields such as SQL server, Visual Studio, Windows Server, Windows Client and many more topics.

So what is he up to now? Kalyan is currently developing his own software titled "P-studyware" for Windows and is building his own website. Kalyan wants to become an astronomer.

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