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“Chess, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies.”

Jamie Murphy

                     Computers have brought about sweeping changes in the lives of all of us. Things which were un imaginable are now becoming a reality. It is a common belief that one has to be trained to become a trainer or a teacher. This belief has now been shattered in India by a child prodigy Aman Rehman of Dehradun. When children of his age were playing with toy computers, an eight year old Aman was teaching adult students how to make computer-generated animated films at College of Interactive arts at Dehradun. He has created a record of sorts by becoming the world’s youngest college lecturer.

His father, an illiterate scooter-mechanic who supports his wife and three children on about Rs 6000 a month, had struggled to buy a second-hand computer for their older son, and Aman was fascinated by it, watching his brother’s every move on the cursor.   By the time he was three-and-a-half; he had mastered his first animation programme and made a film with dancing alphabet letters. He received Doctor of Honors’ from the Pen International University, Colombo, in November 2012.He has created 1000 animation movies till September2013.

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“I am having a small workshop, but as my child was interested in animation so we never tried to hamper his interest. Later many people acclaimed his talent, our Chief Minister B C Khanduri gifted him a laptop, later our President and Governor of Uttaranchal also awarded him,” said Mohammed Rehman, father of Aman.     Following his friends’ advice, his father took Aman to Dehra Dun’s College of Interactive Arts. However, after a week of intense lobbying, Rehman persuaded the college to watch his child on a computer which convinced them to offer him a place. Within five months he had written his own software programme. His family believes he may be the world’s youngest college lecturer and has now applied to Guinness Book of World Records to recognize his achievement.

When asked how much time he devoted on computers, Aman said: “Whenever I am having holidays, I make it a point that I should work on computer for at least eight hours. And usually I work on the computer for four hours, because I have to complete my homework also. I can work on many soft wares like Adobe, Flash, Firework, Dream Weaver, Maya, 3D Max, after affects and many others. “Aman can comfortably work on eighteen soft wares. He has also completed his animation course in span of three months, which is usually completed by others in fifteen months.” Presently I am making projects on black hole, aliens and water conservation,” said the whiz kid. His voice is slight and high-pitched and he is barely taller than the lectern. He studies in a local Christian school during the day, attends lectures at the College for Interactive Arts in the evening and teaches there once a week. He has abandoned friends and all other sport activities to focus on his IT passion.

There are some impressive animation videos made by Aman, which have been uploaded on the you tube. I have chosen two of them, the first one was about the importance of voting made for the Election Commission http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRguqlDAIBE and the second one was about spreading awareness about TB http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6gAjILExe4

His animation journey started at the tender age of three.Aman has received recognitions from coveted Indian personalities including famous Indian Cricketers, Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar. He has been honored by the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri BL Khanduri and Congress party President Mrs Sonia Gandhi, who presented him a laptop and agreed to pay his school fees until he is eighteen. His father has turned down an offer for him to take on a paid consultancy for an Australian firm, so he can focus on his studies. He was presented with a “Proud child” award by the former Honorable President of India, Smt.Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, in 2012.

 

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