When someone tells you there’s a man who has 20 postgraduate degrees, your first reaction would be to ridicule it. But Shrikant Jichkar from Nagpur had 20 degrees from 42 universities and was called India’s Most Qualified Man by Limca Book of World Records. Let’s read into the story of this exceptional achiever.
How it began?
Born in Nagpur, Shrikant Jichkar rose to prominence as India’s most qualified man with 20 degrees. He started on the path of becoming a doctor and did his MBBS as well as MD. After successfully gaining his masters in medicine, he went on to become a lawyer and did his LL.B and post graduated in International Law.
After law, he decided to get more education and went on to get masters in business administration and bachelors in Journalism. He also got a Doctorate of Literature in Sanskrit, the highest degree in any university.
Talk about brilliance
Shrikant earned most of his degrees with first merit. He also won several gold medals for his impressive academia. He also appeared for one of the toughest Indian examinations of Civil Services, not once but twice—clearing both the times. First, he got selected in Indian Police Services and then in Indian Administrative Services. But ended up resigning both, because he eventually decided to enter politics.
Man of many talents
Besides academics, Shrikant enjoyed painting, photography, and acting. In 1980, he got elected to Maharashtra Legislative Academy—he was 26 at that time, the youngest MLA of the country. Later, he became a part of Maharashtra Legislative Council and also served as the Minister of State, Government of Maharashtra.
He also found a school in Nagpur and had one of the biggest library in India with 52,000 books.
All his degrees tally to 20 from 42 universities. Some of the major ones are MBBS, MD, LL.B, 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, International Law, LL.M, DBM and MBA, Bachelors in Journalism, D. Litt. Sanskrit, IPS and IAS
Srikant led a studious life and later emerged into a powerful minister. Sadly, he died at the age of 51 in car crash. We wonder what he would’ve achieved if the treacherous accident had been avoided.