The young genius from Faisalabad, Pakistan, who became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine in 2005 has died.
Arfa Karim Randhawa, 16, died on Saturday night after complications resulting from an epileptic stroke.
In 2005 at the age of 9, Karim attained global fame when she became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional - a title awarded to those who master the Microsoft programs.
Subsequently, Karim was invited to visit Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington by founder Bill Gates.
Then 10 years of age, Karim met Gates and other Microsoft executives during the visit. And without any doubt, they were impressed with her mastery of the program at such a tender age.
The young Karim made her country proud, representing Pakistan worldwide with her incredible aptitude and skill.
She’s a recipient of the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology, presented by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2005, and was also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance.
In November 2006, she was invited by Microsoft to be a part of the keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers conference in Barcelona. She was the only Pakistani among over 5,000 developers in that conference, with the theme “Get ahead of the game”.
A monument is to be erected in her honor.
The IT Media City in Karachi will be renamed after her and will be known as Arfa Karim IT Media City, Karachi, according to local reports.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who offered to pay for Karim's treatment, told the family he was sad to learn of her death and the loss of such a rare talent, her father said.