About Dr. Shrikant Jichkar
Dr. Jichkar was an Indian politician who stood out amongst his peers for the sole reason that he held degrees by the dozen, 20 to be exact and featured in the Limca Book of Records for this. He was qualified not only by the number of degrees he held but also due to the various portfolios he assumed with the Indian Government. Born in 1953 in Aanjangaon, a small village near Nagpur in a family of farmers, young Shrikant was academically inclined right from his school days and went to accumulate educational qualifications to support his intellectual spirit.
His Merit List
Dr. Jichkar appeared for various examinations every summer and winter during 1973 and 1990 when he wrote 42 University exams. He started off with the MBBS degree and followed it up with an MD degree too. He completed his LLB and later on, LLM in International Law. Dr. Shrikant Jichkar did Masters (M.A) in ten subjects that included Public Administration, Sociology, Economics, Sanskrit, History, English Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Ancient Indian History, and Psychology.
Highest degree in the University
He also got the highest degree in the University, D.Litt. (Sanskrit) i.e. Doctor of Letters. His 28 Gold Medals and merit list appearances are proof of the genius that Dr. Jichkar was. He also cleared the IAS and IPS examinations before getting into full-fledged politics by contesting in the General Elections.
His Political Career
Dr. Shrikant Jichkar was the youngest elected MLA at the age of 25 and had the glorious distinction of managing 14 different portfolios, including Home and Finance, at a single time. Dr. Jichkar was also a legislator being a member of both the legislative assembly and council. He also served as a Rajya Sabha member for six years.
How fate intervened
Dr. Shrikant was suffering from cancer but beat it fair and square and bounced back to active life. But this wasn’t for long as on the fateful day, 2nd June 2004, his Mitsubishi Lancer had a head-on collision with an oncoming bus and Dr. Jichkar suffered multiple injuries and succumbed to them in Nagpur. A promising life, with so much to do and offer to the society, was cut short by fate’s cruel blow, leaving behind wife Rajashree and two young children.
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