Jyoti Amge of Nagpur in India was declared as the shortest woman in the world by the Guinness World Records on Friday.

The title was conferred to Amge by the Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy at a press conference on December 16, the Associated press has reported.

Amge was measured 62.8 centimetres (24.7 inches) by the Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy and Dr Manoj Pahukar of Wockhardt hospital in Nagpur. She is 7 centimeters (2.76 inches) shorter than the current title holder, Bridgette Jordan - an American national.

Jyoti suffers from a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia and stopped growing shortly after her first birthday. The condition has left her with brittle bones which might require special care for the rest of her life.

Jyoti, who was born on December 16, 1993, wants to become a Bollywood actor. She has already got two movie offers.

According to the Guinness World Records, the title for the smallest man in the world is held by Junrey Balawing, a Philippine man who is measuring 1 foot 11 23 inches tall. He was born on June 12, 1993, and lives in Sindangan, about 865 kilometers south of the capital, Manila.

There are about 200 different forms of restricted growth known as "dwarfism" or short nature. Ahondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism in children which accounts for almost 70 percent of all forms of dwarfism.