05 February 2012

Tributes to young achiever !!




Date of Issue : 2 February 2012

Pakistan Post issued a postage stamp on Arfa Karim, Pakistan’s most talented young girl and World’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional on 2nd February, her 17th birth anniversary . Her extraordinary contribution in the field of IT will be a role model for the younger generation. Arfa Karim became Microsoft-certified Professional at the age of nine in 2004 and had a science park in Lahore named after her. Arfa Karim was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft headquarters in the United States when she was only 10-year-old. This Post is a tribute to the young achiever of Pakistan !!


Arfa Karim, the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), died at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) on January 14 at the age of only sixteen. She suffered an epileptic seizure in December 2011, which affected her brain and heart. She suffered for 26 days at the CMH before she lost her life to the condition. She was born in 1995.

In August 2005, Arfa was honoured by the government of Pakistan with the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology. In 2006, she also participated in Microsoft keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers Conference held in Barcelona. The theme of the conference was “Get ahead of the game”.

She also received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award  in 2005 set up by Pakistan's only Nobel laureate Dr Abdul Salam. She was also the recipient of the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance.

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