Dr. Shrikant Jichkar was an Indian politician of the Indian National Congress party. He held numerous academic degrees and is hence well known as "the most qualified person" of India and is noted likewise in Limca Book of Records. He holds the Limca Book of Records for the most qualified person in the country.
1. Dr. Shreekant Jichkar was born into a Maratha family of wealthy farmers in Aajangaon near Katol in Nagpur district, Maharashtra.
2. Jichkar is a husband of Rajashree, and father of daughter Maitrayee and son Yagyawalkya.
3.He holds numerous academic degrees, he is known as “the most qualified person” of India and according to Limca Book of Records he is the most qualified person in the country.
4. He began as a Medical Doctor (MBBS and MD) he then did his Law (LL.B.) with Post-graduation in International Law (LL.M.). He also did his Master’s in Business Administration (DBM and MBA) and in Journalism (B.Journ). This was not enough, he did his Masters in ten subjects which is M.A. (Public Administration ; M.A. (Sociology) ; M.A. (Economics); M.A. (Sanskrit); M.A. (History); M.A.(English Literature); M.A. (Philosophy); M.A. (Political Science) ; M.A. (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology); M.A (Psychology). He also got his D. Litt (Doctor of Letters) in Sanskrit.
5. Most of his Degrees are with First Merit and he has obtained several Gold Medals for his degrees. Between 1973 and 1990 he has written 42 University Examinations, every summer and every winter.
6. He wrote the IPS (Indian Police Service) examination in 1972 got into it, resigned and then wrote IAS (Indian Administrative Services) examination in 1980 and again resigned in four months to contest his first general election.
7. In 1980 he was elected in Maharashtra Legislative Assemble becoming the youngest MLA in the country at 25.
8. After becoming the youngest MLA, he also became a very powerful government Minister holding 14 portfolios at a time.
9. Dr. Jichkar was also a successful academician, skilled painter, professional photographer, and a stage actor.
10. He is one among those biggest personalities who own a personal library with more than 52,000 books.
11. He served as Minister of State, Government of Maharashtra and was also a member of Rajya Sabha.
12. Before being elected in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Jichkar was elected as President of the Nagpur University Student’s Council.
13. Dr. Shrikant Jichkar completely opposed separation of Vidarbha from rest of Maharashtra as he felt ‘we will have no funds from day one to run the new State’. He traveled in most of the states in India speaking on the topics related to health, economics and giving religious discourses.
14. On June 2, 2004,evening, he succumbed to the injuries sustained after his car, a Mitsubishi Lancer slammed into an oncoming bus at Dhamana Shivar on National Highway 6, about 40 kilometres west of Nagpur.