11 and 13 years Boys to Become India's Youngest MBA

Date:   Wednesday , September 01, 2010

Can a kid of mere 13 years hold an MBA degree? Those who may think it to be quite impossible are being proved wrong by two young boys in India.

Neel Joshi, 13 and his brother Deep, 11, class eight and class six students of Thakur Vidya Mandir School at Kandivali East in Mumbai are on their way to become India’s youngest MBA graduates. Both of them have finished their first semester MBA with distinction from the Indian Management School and Research centre (IMSR) affiliated to the University of Northeast Virginia.

While Neel has cleared his first year in Finance Management with 91 percent, Deep has cleared the first semester of MBA in Operation Management by securing 75 percent.
“I had taken a risk in admitting the boys against all rules,” admits Pravin Parmar, Director, IMSR. “They have both scored very good marks and I am confident they will become the youngest MBAs in the country,” he added.

Neel and Deep sought admission for MBA courses at the University of Mumbai and various other institutes in USA and UK. But everyone turned them down saying that they were too young to enroll for management courses, said Neel.

According to Deep, after joining IMSR, he was never worried about the results, because his only aim was to study management. He further told that both of them have a dream of getting a prize from President Pratibha Patil after they complete the course.

The boys had exhibited extraordinary talents at a very young age. They could recite entire chapters from the Bhagvad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa and even the Rig Veda when they were in kindergarten. They have also shown their excellence in extracurricular activities such as carom in which they represent Air India at national level events. Neel wants to become a cardiac surgeon, while Deep wishes to be a pilot. The boys‘ father Ajit Joshi is a civil engineer.