Asha is an Indian-origin eminent educationist who has been awarded one of Britain’s highest civilian award, making her the first from the community to earn the honour in 83 years. Bihar-born Asha Khemka has been awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) . The Damehood is in recognition of her services to the deprived areas of the West Midlands as principal of West Nottinghamshire College for the last eight years.