Software Major Microsoft has recently discovered the youngest soul so far to crack its broad certification programme, the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, with an eight-year-old girl successfully clearing it with flying colours.
Lavinyashree of the Dolphin School in Madurai, about 450 km south of Chennai, notwithstanding the initial entry barriers due to her age, cleared the examination with an amazing score of 842 out of 1,000, official sources said.
This is usually an examination taken by students passing out of engineering and computer science courses in the age group of 25-30 conducted by Microsoft every year. But Lavinyashree, a fourth standard girl, has broken the record held by a 10-year-old Pakistani girl, Hurbakareem Randha, who had successfully cleared the MCP examination in 2005.
In 2007, the Madurai girl had achieved another feat by entering the Limca Book of Records by reciting all the 1,330 couplets of the Tamil saint-poet, Thiruvalluvar's classic Thirukkural.
Lavinyashree, along with her parents, had reached Chennai last week and received the blessings of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for her accomplishment.
While the Madurai girl or her parents could not be reached at their residence over phone, Lavinyashree has been quoted in the local press as saying that she has set her ambitions high and would like to become a "big scientist" like former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.