Indian Spokesman Correspondent
Birmingham: Non Resident Indian and leading British Indian educationist Dame Asha Khemka was named “Asian Businesswoman of the Year” at the 5th annual Asian Business Awards Midlands in Birmingham.
Bihar-origin, Khemka who arrived in the United Kingdom with her family in 1978 was honoured with one of the UK’s top civilian awards – Dame, the female equivalent of knighthood – in 2014 and has since won several accolades for her work in education in Nottingham. She was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2008.
Khemka’s husband, Patna-origin Shankar Lal Khemka, is a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, and the couple has three children, daughter Shalini and sons Sheel and Sneh.
Hailing from a family of judges, Khemka dropped out of school at 13, married at the age of 15 and arrived in England with her family at the age of 25 without any English skills.
Khemka taught herself English by watching children’s television, Khemka resumed her further education after her three children starting going to school and gained a business degree from Cardiff University before embarking on her teaching career.