AN INDIAN student who had never laid eyes on a computer until the age of 15 has landed a spot at a top university studying for a Computer Networks degree.

Umarfaruk Limbada came to England with his family from Gujurat as a teenager unable to speak a word of English.

He has now been offered a place at the University of Birmingham, which provides its students with placements at top computer firm like IBM and Cisco.

The 23-year-old gained a treble star distinction in the Level 3 IT Diploma at Blackburn College and has now been presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement at its Star Awards held at Ewood Park.

Umarfaruk said: “I came to England aged 15. I couldn’t speak English and I had never seen a computer in my life. Even stepping outside the front door was scary at first but I knew I had to pick everything up quickly.

“There were a lot more opportunities available to me here and I was able to work my way up to a place on my dream course at university.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Blackburn College and found the tutors very supportive in helping you achieve your best.

“My dream is to work for a big computer company.”

Umarfaruk impressed employers so much during his internship with Twin Valley Homes they offered him full-time employment. But, keen to continue his education, Umarfaruk declined.

Blackburn College principal, Ian Clinton, said: “Umarfaruk started off on the Entry Level IT course and worked his up from the bottom.

“He is a credit to the college and was offered full-time employment after a successful internship during the IT Career Academy, but has accepted a place at university.”

The Blackburn College FE Star Awards 2012 were hosted by Radio DJ Adam Catterall.