A Little Pakistani Programmer
A Little Pakistani Programmer Mohammad Raza is an extraordinary 11-year-old boy. When his teammates go to school, play cricket and occasionally scratch their knees, Raza sits in front of a computer and a code. He develops software that can help capture the most wanted criminals and make language predictions that no market has developed yet. Yes, he goes to school, but instead of English, math, and geography, Raza is on a course and a master’s degree at Lahore’s Information Technology University. And the score is significantly higher than their classmates.
Raza was introduced to programming by a friend of his father who downloaded the GW-Basic programming language on Raza’s computer. Then the process of self-learning began through YouTube videos. After seeing Reza’s commitment to programming, the same family friend later installed Coding Language C on the computer.
He was nine years old when his parents moved from Lahore to Lahore to run a printing business that didn’t work well. Thereafter, economic barriers between consent and regular schooling became a barrier.
Meanwhile, Raza’s father saw a story on the news of the recent closing robot show at ITU. Through a mutual friend, she met Talha Rehmani, a faculty member at the university, and tried to convince the child’s ability to program.
Rahmani was not affected. But after his father’s insistence, he asked two of his research assistants to test Reza’s programming skills. “When one of them didn’t come back after an hour, I went to check them out,” Rahmani says. “To my shock, both my assistants sat quietly while Reza kept talking about coding, and that’s when I realized there was something special about this boy.” It has been a year and a half since Raza served under Rahmani’s supervision as her research assistant.
When Raza came to ITU, she already knew what to code. “The only obstacle was that they sometimes didn’t know the specific coding math. But when I explained them, they understood the algorithm quickly,” Rahmani says.
To further strengthen his abilities, it was decided that Raza should participate in computer science courses aimed at college students and students. The teachers had made sure that Reza was not licensed in any way so that she could compete with the rest of the students on a fair basis. What was shocking to everyone was Reza’s age in the 80’s or 90’s, in classes where the class average score was close to 30.
One of these courses was previously held at ITU by Dr. Agha Ali Raza, who is doing her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. “When I talked to her, I realized right away. However, my only concern for the moment, which is still today, is that she has not attended regular schooling, nor does it come with children her age.
Raza’s intelligence was not noticed by her peers. And not all the focus is positive.
“His patient has an intelligent mind and constantly asks questions, sometimes incompatible with where the class is,” says Dr. Agha. This, in turn, creates stress in the classroom.
Reza will take five classes this semester, including computer architecture, operating system, electronic devices and structures, advanced algorithms and computational linguistics.
After coming to ITU, Raza participated in the annual robot exhibition. Last year, it developed a Vision-Based System (VBS) with facial recognition capabilities. This year he predicted an Urdu word. This is similar to the prediction of English words on smartphones, which gives you a list of possible words after writing the first of two letters. Raza did the same in Urdu using 50,000 words of corpus.
During a demonstration by the author of the author, Raza’s beautiful mind is clearly visible. He whispers with clarity and barely stays in his tongue with his running mind. In response to a question, he answered patiently, “I just explained it,” as if the complex code he had developed was easy to understand.
Later, when the demonstration ended, Raza expressed her genuine interest. “Mathematics – I like to solve problems”.
However, Reza’s intelligent intelligence and a wealth of sophisticated programming have come at a cost. Raza went to school twice, but couldn’t adjust to her children. He was bullied by the classmates and surprisingly, even by the teachers. So Raza’s interest in the school soon disappeared.
Rahmani says, “It bothers us.” “Even if the child is a child, he will not be recognized unless he or she goes to school regularly.” However, Dr. Agha explained that he and Rehmani planned that Raza would take the exam or O-level and A-level once. Dr. Umar Saif, Rector of ITU, says the university will do everything it can to reach Raza to its full potential.
Looking ahead, Reza does not want to do research. He wants to help Pakistan move forward and build globally recognized software. He wants to make a difference for the rest of humanity. And this can also be seen through his earlier plans to capture criminals as his vision-based system. He will solve real-time problems, and I think he will.