Asha khemka, a well-known personality and is a DBE (Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire) is from Sitamarhi district of Bihar. She was only 13 years old when she dropped out of school. She didn’t even know English for 25 years. She travelled to live in the UK during 1978, where she first learned English by watching television and speaking to local people. She returned to education as a mature student after 20 years. She got a degree at Cardiff University, then secured her first career step as a college business studies tutor.
She is a former principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College. She joined the college in 2006, succeeding Di McEvoy Robinson. She resigned from there when the college experienced financial difficulties. She was one of the highest paid in the sector, prior to her resignation in Oct. 2018.
Moreover, she has been honoured with many awards some of which includes the following:-
* The National Jewel Award for Excellence in Healthcare and Education, 2007.
*The Asian Women of Achievement Award, 2008.
*The Midlands Businesswoman of the Year, 2009.
*The NRI Welfare Society of India gold medal for her work in education as a non-resident Indian, 2010.
*Inspirational Woman of the Year, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, 2011.
*Business Personality of the Year, Ashfield and Mansfield Chad, 2011.
*Asian Businesswoman of the Year, 2017.
She was awarded the OBE(Order of the British Empire) in 2008. In 2014, she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
She is among the four women of Indian origin to be awarded by DBE or GBE following Kaikhusrau Jahan, Begum of Bhopal (1917), Maharani Lakshmi Devi Bai Sahiba of Dhar state (1931) and Indira Patel (2011).
She is truly an inspiration and motivation not only for girls but for boys also. She has proved that it is never too late to start something. There is no age limit to learn something.