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Neel and Deep at an award ceremony
Neel and Deep at an award ceremony

Joshi siblings : India’s youngest MBA graduates

|By Sanjib Guha|

Their achievements did not create much of a flutter a few years ago when siblings Neel (then 13) and Deep (then 11) earned the distinction of being the youngest MBA graduates of the country, a record of sorts.

The feat just had few mentions here and there.

Neel came out with flying colours in his management (finance) course with more than 90 per cent marks while Deep secured 75 per cent in operations management (both equivalent to MBA) in 2011.

Having completed their MBA from Indian Management School and Research (IMSR) – affiliated to North East Virginia University in the United States, the boys were also entrusted with responsibilities in private and government sectors on voluntary basis.

Neel was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing project reports and an employee retention policy for a building construction firm and has served as financial manager-cum-advisor while Deep has donned the role of operational manager-cum-advisor at Jawahar Bal Bhavan, an affiliated body of Government of Maharashtra.

According to Dr Pravin Parmar, the director of IMSR, the boys appeared for their exams as special examinees just to assess their knowledge. Dr. Parmar, however, is of the opinion that their management degrees won’t count for much on the professional front.

“Yes, they are MBAs, but only in terms of knowledge and not by recognition. Their degrees cannot be recognised as in India it is not possible to enrol for any management degree unless you are a graduate.

So their degrees won’t count for much in the job market, but I am sure they can compete with any management degree holder when it comes to theoretical knowledge,”

he said.

It was the IMSR director, who took the onus on himself to mentor the boys to help them realise their dreams.

“When they approached me, I was stunned with their knowledge and so I sought special permission to allow them to sit for the exams. They were unlike normal kids, who are interested in video games or computers. They actually had read a lot and gathered knowledge of several subjects, which is quite unthinkable at their age,”

Dr Parmar remarked.

However, both Neel (now 17) and Deep (now 15) are inclined to make full use of their management knowledge in the days to come.

“I want to establish my own business in future,”

said Neel, who is in standard XII (commerce) at NM College of Commerce and Economics.

While Deep , who is studying in Thakur Vidya Mandir, Kandivali, wants to follow in his elder brother’s footsteps.

“I want to follow Dada, and help his business flourish,”

he said.

Neel and Deep with the then President Pratibha Patil

Neel and Deep with the then President Pratibha Patil

But the most cherished moment arrived for them when they were invited by the then President of India Pratibha Patil for lunch in 2009.

“That’s when tears rolled down my eyes,”

said the proud father Ajit, who is a civil engineer by profession. The doting mother Meena had to do away with her job as an air hostess with Air India to help her children progress in studies.

The senior Joshi has already started planning on their future and wants them to go abroad for higher studies.

“Though I have never put pressure on them regarding anything, yet I wish to see them get through to Harvard University or the London School of Economics,”

Ajit told Point Blank 7.

This isn’t all.

The duo have obtained thorough knowledge of Vedas and Upanishads and have been giving discourses at various places in and around the city on Vishnu Sahasranaama and Taittiriya Upanishad.

Besides countless certificates and glowing accolades, both have earned fame as national level carom players too. As of now, their priority is to fare well in the board exams and leave the rest to fall in place.

Way to go!

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