He bagged the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certificate when he was just 10, and now S Chandrasekar, the 15-year-old prodigy from Tirunelveli, has become the youngest person to pursue an M Tech course at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here.
The youngster scored 99.32 per cent marks in the aptitude test for M Tech computer science and gained entry to the prestigious institution for this year's course. “His admission to the M Tech course was on the expected lines. He was aiming for it,” Chandrasekar's father Subramaniam, an auditor by profession, said.
The child prodigy, also a recipient of a Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate, completed his schooling by the age of 12 having been awarded a double promotion in his school, Bell Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Tirunelveli.
After being allowed to pursue a Bachelor in Computer Application course by the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli, he completed the course from Kalasalingam College of Engineering at Srivilliputtur. Chandrasekar, who has published a paper on Intrusion Detection Systems: A Survey in September 2005, has big plans for future.
The teenager said he wanted to concentrate on Information Security and Cryptography, his favourite subjects. And to top it all, Chandrasekar cherishes his role model, Infosys chief N R Narayanamurthy, “for his values”.