15 PIOs in UK queen’s honours list

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January 1, 2014

LONDON: Fifteen Indian-origin men and women, including a prominent educationist Asha Khemka, have been named in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honors List for the year 2014.

January 1, 2014

LONDON: Fifteen Indian-origin men and women, including a prominent educationist Asha Khemka, have been named in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honors List for the year 2014.

India-born educationist Khemka has been named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to the deprived areas of the West Midlands as principal of West Nottinghamshire College for the last eight years. "Under her leadership, it has become one of the most eminent further education colleges in the UK," read a special citation.

A total of 1,195 candidates have been selected for honors this year, with 610 successful women candidates representing 51% of the total. The honors system recognizes people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.