Touching the stars
Akshat, Ankit and Aaditya are no ordinary teenagers. Their achievements would be the envy of any computer geek.This column on India's cyber aces begins with Akshat Singhal...
No one would imagine a 13-year-old to be a qualified computer scientist or a 16-year-old to be a writer of two authoritative books on internet hacking or a 17-year-old having a planet to his name! But before you perish the thought think again. These kids are for real and all Indians.
Akshat Singhal, a 17-year-old, std. XII of Jaipur's St. Anselms School has become the first Indian to have a planet named after him by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.
At 13, Aaditya Bhatia of Delhi is the world's youngest Microsoft Certified System Engineer who wants to specialise in defence engineering relating to missiles.
Ankit Fadia, a 16-year-old, std. XI, Delhi Public School is the world's youngest author on hacking. His book, "Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking" is said to be the ultimate guide to combat cyber crime.
In 1997, Akshat Singhal's parents gifted him with a computer when he was 12. In 1999 at 14, he had become a Microsoft certified systems engineer. He has developed software programmes for the Jaipur traffic police and Rajasthan governor's office. Now the MIT has named a planet "12599 Singhal" after him, as his project, a software for web-based document management was selected as the best entry in the "Intel International Science and Engineering Fair."
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