It is unfortunate to report that Shayan Akhtar, the self proclaimed world record holder for Youngest Microsoft professional, is a fraud told me officials from Microsoft. Shayan Akhtar, a student from Okara, recently claimed that he has set a new world record by scoring 998 marks out of total 1,000 in a Microsoft Professional Certificate programme.
Furthermore Shayan had claimed that Bill Gates has invited him for one to one meeting in July 2012.
Microsoft officials from Pakistan as well as United States, who wanted to remain unnamed, confirmed ProPakistani that Shayan is fabricating facts and communication records to gain popularity for reasons not known to them.
Shayan Akhtar was never invited by Bill Gates, commented company officials.
Microsoft officials also maintained that Microsoft doesnt keep track of age for its certified professionals anymore. Hence theres no point of claiming being youngest or oldest certified professional.
When we asked from Shayan about the same, he said that Microsoft could be lying to ProPakistani, and that he was indeed invited by Bill Gates for which he is visiting US in December 2012. He said he could show us the email invitation as well. (We will update this post, when and if we get the scan of invitation)
He also claimed that his name will appear in next publication of Guinness Book of World Record, for his extraordinary achievement. He was of the that his certification (in November 2011) was a recent record that is why his name isnt appearing in online search for world records on Guinness website.
Shayans father didnt take our call.
Microsoft didnt comment when we asked if company is considering any legal action against Shayan for the propaganda.
It merits mentioning here that Punjab government was considering to honor Shayan by throwing a ceremony which of course isnt happening now.
It maybe recalled that Ammar Afzal, a student from Okara too, was involved in such kind of fraud as well. He had claimed similar kind of records in various certifications, which were later found out to be fake.