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14 September 1954|
|Died||2 June 2004
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
Shrikant Jichkar (Marathi: श्रीकांत जिचकार; 14 September 1954 – 2 June 2004) was an Indian politician. He held many academic degrees and is hence well known as "the most qualified person" in the world and is noted likewise in Limca Book of Records for the India's most qualified person.
He began as a medical doctor (MBBS and MD) he did his Law (LL.B.) with post-graduation in International Law (LL.M.) and his Masters in Business Administration (DBM and MBA) and in Journalism (B.Journ). He got his D. Litt (Doctor of Literature) in Sanskrit, the highest of any degree in a university. Most of his degrees are with First Merit and he has obtained several Gold Medals for his degrees. Between 1973 and 1990 he wrote 42 university examinations, every summer and every winter.
In 1978 he appeared in the Indian Civil Service examination and got selected in Indian police service (IPS), resigned, again appeared in the Indian civil service exam, and successfully joined in IAS (Indian Administrative Services) in 1980, but resigned after four months to contest his first general election. In 1980 he was elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, becoming the youngest MLA in the country at 25 and subsequently became a very powerful government Minister holding 14 portfolios at a time.
He had one of the biggest personal libraries in India with 52,000 books.
Jichkar was also an academician, painter, professional photographer, and stage actor. He was a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (1982–85), Maharashtra Legislative Council (1986–92) and served as Minister of State, Government of Maharashtra. He was a member of Rajya Sabha, India (1992–98).
He died in a car accident at the age of 49.