Fifteen Indian origin people in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2014

The Queen releases two honours lists every year – her Birthday Honours in June and News Year’s Honours in December.

Fifteen Indian origin men and women , including a prominent educationist Asha Khemka, have been named in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honours list for the year 2014.

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

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. She has embraced the apprenticeship agenda, leading the college to become the largest 16-18 provider in the UK and finding jobs for 700 young people in the first year,” read a special citation accompanying the higher awards in this year’s list.

“Her charitable trust, the Inspire and Achieve Foundation, is especially focused on those not in education, employment or training. She is in the process of opening a skills centre in India,” it added.

Anil Parbhu Patel, second secretary at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has been honoured with an MBE for services to British diplomacy.He is part of an Overseas List of awards which also recognises the work of individuals making a mark in the India-UK sphere with an OBE for Anthony Bruton Meyrick Good, global chairman of Cox’s and King’s and board member of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), for services to British business interests in India.

Others honoured with OBEs include :

Mahmood Ahmed, chair of the Birmingham City Labour Party, for voluntary political service;

Hamid Ghafoor Mughal, director of global manufacturing at Rolls-Royce plc, for services to technology, innovation and manufacturing;

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Rafaat Mughal, founder and director of JAN Trust, for services to disadvantaged women and the community in Haringey;

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh for services to business and to the Asian community in Scotland; and Gulam Siddiquie, general secretary of the Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society, for services to cultural integration and to the community in Lanarkshire.

MBEs have also been awarded to Faiza Khan for services to young people; Fathir Khan for services to the Asian community in Sheffield, South Yorkshire; Yasmin Shabir Khan for services to equality and diversity; and Zaidah Parveen Ahmed for services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Actresses Angela Lansbury and Penelope Keith become dames in a list which features more women than men for the first time in history.

However, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and former England soccer captain and global celebrity David Beckham were two surprising omissions from the list.

Sharanya Bharathwaj