From small town in Bihar to Britain, it has been a tremendous journey for Asha Khemka. Born in Bihar’s Sitamarhi, Asha Khemka was just 13 when she wasn’t allowed to study further. At the age of 15 she got married. By the time she was 25, she had 3 kids. In 1978 she moved to England with her family. She is married to Shankar Lal Khemka, a Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon.
Asha had no knowledge of English but she was keen to learn. She used to watch TV with her kids and talk to others to learn the language. She also enrolled herself at Cardiff University and pursued a business degree. She has been awarded often for her work in the field of education.
Working hard towards her career, she became a lecturer. By 2006, she took over as CEO and Principal of West Nottinghamshire College. Today Asha Khemka is one of Britain’s most respected educationist.
In 2013, she was was awarded the Dame Commander of The Order of the British Empire, one of Britain’s highest civilian award. Khemka is second woman of Indian origin to be awarded the top British Honour for women since the order was instituted in 1917. The first was Maharani Lakshmi Devi of Dhar in 1931.
In 2017, she was named the Asian Businesswomen in Birmingham. She also plans to work towards improving the education system in India. Khemka said, the first skill center in India will be opened in Chandigarh, where online coaching will be provided in English and Mathematics in partnership with her team in Britain. Efforts are on to open a similar center in her home state of Bihar.
She is a true example of hard work and determination. No matter what your age is, if you want to do something then it’s never too late to start something and live your life to the fullest. It’s your will power that makes your dream come true, nothing else. So dream big, sky’s the limit.