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Computer prodigy wants to make technology friendlier

A young computer whiz who has four world records to his name says his aim in life is to work for the underprivileged and inspiring a positive improvement in their lives through technology.

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Today's world is all about technology, so education without technology is almost impossible, says Iqbal.
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Dubai: A young computer whiz who has four world records to his name says his aim in life is to work for the underprivileged and inspiring a positive improvement in their lives through technology.

"I had the resources and guidance to achieve my dreams but so many others don't. I want to help all those children and make a difference in their lives," said Babar Iqbal, who established a fourth world record by becoming the Youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) at the age of 12. In achieving this feat at so young an age, Iqbal has surprised even seasoned IT experts.

Iqbal, who is generally known as a cyber genius, hails from Dera Ismail Khan in Pakistan, but he is undergoing training and working with Microsoft Gulf in Dubai.

He laid claim to the other world records by becoming the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine years, the youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), also at the age nine, and the youngest Certified Web Professional Associate (CIWA) at the age of ten.

"Rather than teaching IT to youngsters of my age, we must teach them games, animations, cartoon development and fun things. This way, they will have more fun and they will learn IT without realising," Iqbal told Gulf News from his home town of Dera Ismail Khan - a town in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan.

"I want to work with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and United Nations in order to achieve my aims," said Iqbal who is also the Microsoft regional technical coordinator for Imagine Cup. He is also involved with Infusion Development in the Gulf region.

His two brothers and two sisters are also Microsoft certified professionals.

"Technology is supposed to be sweet, something that everyone would love to have. That's why I always like to find fun things in technology. Today's world is all about IT, so education without IT is almost impossible," he noted.

Iqbal's elder brothers Kashif Iqbal and Asif Iqbal - both Dubai-based IT professionals - are his mentors.

"Babar used to trouble us a lot by interfering in our work at the age of five when we were studying IT. We used to get annoyed with him but later started encouraging him having seen his great interest in the field of computers," recalled Kashif.

"My efforts have always been focused on the following principle: "The earlier you start, the better it is," said Iqbal, who is now a grade nine student.

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Your comments

We are proud of this little genius. Keep it up. unfortunately I have noticed that no newpapers highlight positive stories about Pakistan. Thanks to the reporter.
Posted: July 26, 2009, 14:35

So Great! Nice to hear! you are an inborn genius! you
S. H. Kabeer
Posted: July 26, 2009, 14:35

Bravo, excellent....dont have words to express my joy. You have a noble cause to utilize your skills. Keep it up
Anwar Khan
Posted: July 26, 2009, 14:15

hi buddy its really big achivement. proud 2 b pakistani ma brother. i wish u best of luck 4 ur future God bless u
Posted: July 26, 2009, 13:32

Wow! you are so young to have that title. You are truly genius. Keep it up!
Posted: July 26, 2009, 13:26

we all pakistani are proud of you. Governament of Pakistan should sponsor you for the benefit of country.
Waseem Sabir
Posted: July 26, 2009, 13:24

Good going! More brains like you and forward thinkers like your parents is the way to bring more progress for the region and your country.
K. U.
Posted: July 26, 2009, 13:04

This is good news to all Pakistani , will pray for you all the best keep it up relly we proud of you my dear.
Shafqat Hayat
Posted: July 26, 2009, 12:39

GOD bless youKeep it up
Abdul Rahman
Posted: July 26, 2009, 12:25

To have more prodigies in today, we have to encourage IT, games, and allow them to do what interests them, many parents doesnt allow their kids to do what they like
Posted: July 26, 2009, 12:02

Good luck Iqbal.May allah give you long life along with us.Amin
Mushtaq Khattak
Posted: July 26, 2009, 12:00

Good job, great man. People like you are our real pride.
Posted: July 26, 2009, 11:33

Masha Allah good Dearest Iqbal. keep it up. we wish May Allah give u more and more success in ur life-Aameen. u r really Proud Pakistani.
Posted: July 26, 2009, 10:21

Keep it up and make your dream come true...Great Job!
Khalid Mahmoud
Posted: July 26, 2009, 10:05

Great baber u have done a great job. we all pakistani proud of you. May Allah give you more success in life.
S. A.
Posted: July 26, 2009, 08:33

Four world records to his name!!! keep it up and wish you all the best for your future. May God bless you forever.
Abdul Mannan
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 26, 2009, 07:37

Good Job Iqbal,,keep it up
Rijo Joseph
Posted: July 26, 2009, 07:18

Thanks Gulf News for this story ,which is telling the world Pakistani's are not like that how they are shown in other countries.
Mohammad Ashfaq
Rad Al Khaimah,UAE
Posted: July 26, 2009, 06:37

Salam cyber genius i m proud to you brother. You raise the name of Pakistan. We all proud of you. God bless you.
Mohammad Awais Arshad
Posted: July 26, 2009, 01:17