Little Achievers
Meet Akshita Harshi J.S.
Writer: Shreya Ghosh
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Akshita Harshi J.S. is the youngest Indian to have received a Microsoft certification on Power Platform (PL-900) at the tender age of 10. Here’s what Akshita had to say about her hobbies and interests, the process for the certification, ways to use the internet for your own benefit, Tinkle, and more!

So Akshita, give us a brief introduction of yourself. What are your likes and dislikes?

Hi! I am Akshita Harshi J.S, 10 yrs old, studying in 4th standard in Delhi Public School, Bangalore. My hobbies are skating, drawing, Karate, abacus, creating apps in PowerApps, Scratch and MIT App Inventor. I like to read comics and story books.

You have recently received your Microsoft certification on Power Platform (PL-900). What made you want to take this up?

During the pandemic, I started attending sessions with the PowerApps4Kids community where kids from around the world present their apps developed in Microsoft Power Platform. Learning from the community, I started creating apps for my own use, slowly becoming an active presenter in the community. Soon, I was engrossed in PowerApps, learning more concepts and preparing for the Power Platform Fundamentals exam to explore its full capabilities.

While working on the process for the certification, how did you stay dedicated throughout?

In between my online school classes, it took me five months to complete the preparation ,taking help from my father and mother. It was my self-motivation and my parents’ encouragement and which kept me dedicated throughout.

Can you tell us a bit about the stuff you’ve been working on?

Of course! Microsoft Power Platform is a low-code platform that helps to create mobile apps, chat bots to communicate with clients, and business applications with artificial intelligence capabilities. It can bring in data from many other application like SharePoint, Excel, and so on, with simple steps using Microsoft Dataverse. I have created a Birthday Reminder app, which reminds you of your friends’ birthdays and sends an email wishing them. The Shopping List App helps you to feed in items you want to purchase. I’ve also lined up some more app ideas as well, such as an AI-enabled chat bot.

We had a look at your blog and YouTube channel as well. You’re putting out some great content, be it artwork or tutorials. What made you want to start working on these platforms?

During this pandemic, to make good use of time, I thought I should document all my earlier work and keep them online. Since my mom is a food blogger, she helped me to set up my blog and YouTube channel. With online platforms, I’m able to share my work with everyone across the globe.

Have you ever thought about what you’d like to do when you grow up? If so, tell us about that.

I would like to keep contributing useful apps for society and teach kids computer science. I also want to become a forensic scientist on the side.

What do you do in your free time? Tell us about your hobbies.

In my free time, I like to create apps, draw, watch cartoons, cycle, play indoor games, and do puzzles.  I’m a fan of Sudha Murthy, Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books. I am a black belt holder in karate and a professional inline skater.

Who’s your favourite Tinkle toon? No wrong answers 🙂

My favourite toons are Shikari Shambu, Defective Detectives, Ina, Mina, Mynah and Mo, and Suppandi!

Finally, if there’s anything else you’d like to say to us, go ahead!

We need to use our time effectively, keep learning, and share the knowledge with others. 🙂

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