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02/21/2004 07:44 PM ID: 37225 Permalink   

8 Year Old Becomes The Worlds Youngest Microsoft Certified Software Engineer


Mridul Seth, an eight year old boy from Bangalore, India, who only learned to speak four years ago because of a severe hearing disability, has become the worlds youngest Microsoft certified software engineer.

His father said "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."

The boy has an aptitude for maths, having learned to count from 1 to 100 within one day. This year he progressed onto passing the installing, configuring and administering Microsoft 2000 Professional exams in his hometown.

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  how lame is that  
All IT jobs require this cert, but see how insignificant it is, an 8 year old can pass the exam, see how easy the microsoft exams are...

no wonder the market are flooded by MCSE certified professionals.
  by: securityunion     02/22/2004 10:11 AM     
The point of the news story is that it is amazing that someone so young could become an MCSE.
It doesn't prove how "lame" MCSE is, it proves how great this kid is.
There are 4 year olds who have passed their A-level (high-school level) maths, does this prove how lame A-level maths is? No, it proves how great the kid was who passed it.
  by: stephen.mcmahon     02/22/2004 04:56 PM     
actually, the way the public schooling system is going in the us, kids passing A-lvl tests proves both things you said
  by: Meltman   02/22/2004 08:26 PM     
  Let me put it this way  
Have you ever heard of somebody going for their MSCE and failing? I sure as hell haven't.
  by: Yelping Man Candy   02/23/2004 06:36 PM     
  i hate that...  
how they call it software engineering... i could install and configure software when i was 8 (17 now)... this kid isn't exactly a programmer.
  by: p_g_chris   02/23/2004 09:55 PM     
  To correct a few points.  
1. MCSE is Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. The programming equivelants are MSCDM)icrosoft Certified Solution Developers) and MCAD (Microsoft Certified Application Developers) thus there is no Microsoft Certified Softare Engineer.
2. The kid passed one exam, Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft 2000 Professional which does not make him a MCSE, but rather a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)
3. This does not water down the exams as most employers see certification as a plus, but not a minimum requirement. Job experience is a must. Certification can then be used as a reason not to hire someone when there are two people with equal job experience.
  by: azianperv     02/23/2004 11:29 PM     
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