Arfa Karim was a famous Pakistani student and computer prodigy in 2004.
who became the youngest Microsoft certified professional (MCP). She kept her title until 2008. Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums, including the Tech Developers Conference. She also got the President’s Award for the pride of performing a science park in the city of Lahore the ARCA software technology Park was termed after her she was also invited by the occasion to visit Microsoft Hedberg in the US. She passed away on the day of January 14, 2012 age at 16 following a cardiac arrest.
Early life: Arfa was born in a Punjabi family. Her grandfather plan to jump from the village of Chak no 4, in the city of Faisalabad Pakistan. After coming back to Pakistan from a visit to Microsoft headquarters Arfa provided various television and newspaper interviews. Somasegar the vice president of Microsoft software development division wrote over her in his blog on the day of August 2nd, 2005.
Arfa Karim was awarded the fabulous gold medal in the fields of science and technology.
She also got this along with the Salam Pakistan Youth award. Arfa was presented the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology on the 113th anniversary of Fatima Jinnah’s Birthday. She also received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award in August 2005 from the President of Pakistan. Arfa Karim received the President’s Award of Pride of Performance in 2005, she is the youngest recipient of this award. She had become a brand ambassador for Pakistan Telecommunication Company’s Broadband service, “Evo”, in January 2010. After giving the certification exam, Arfa was invited to meet Bill Gates (Co-Founder of Microsoft Cooperation). In the short span of ten minutes, she impressed gates by sharing her passion for making a Digicon valley in Pakistan.
She received the First flight certificate from Dubai on 2nd August 2005 after learning to make command on just three trials and the pilot was blown away by the sheer talent of hers.
In 2006, She was the only Pakistani national who was invited to attend a Developer conference in Barcelona among five thousand other members from various parts of the world.
In 2011, Arfa was studying at the Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus in her second year of A-Levels. In December 2011, she suffered a cardiac arrest that damaged her brain and was admitted to Lahore’s CMH.
Bill gates contacted Arfa’s parents and directed her doctors to adopt “every kind of measure” for her treatment. Local doctors dismissed the option of moving Randhawa to another hospital due to her being on a ventilator and in critical condition.
Arfa Karim died at a hospital in Lahore on 14 January 2012, aged 16. She was buried in her ancestral village Chak No. 4JB Ram Dewali, Faisalabad.
Lahore has a vibrant IT industry but the majority of its software houses were scattered all over the city’s various commercial areas. Keeping in mind the global practice in the IT industry, Arfa Software and Technology Park project was initiated in 2012. Back then, the project’s name was Lahore Technology Park but it was later renamed to honor the memory of the late Arfa Karim, a Pakistani computer prodigy who became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at age nine in 2014. ASTP is the country’s largest Information and Communications Technology Park.