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Proud day as principal gets gong

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

  • Dame Asha Khemka proudly shows off her insignia of Dame Commander of the British Empire after she received it from the Prince of Wales at an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Dame Asha Khemka

  • Dame Asha Khemka is made a Dame Commander by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 14, 2014. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read:

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A COLLEGE principal has spoken of her pride at receiving her Damehood from The Prince of Wales.

Rangemore resident Asha Khemka, who was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List, was presented with the honour at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Dame Asha – who is principal and chief executive of West Nottinghamshire College, in Mansfield – is the first Indian-born woman for 83 years to be awarded the honour, which was in recognition of her services to education.

She said: “I am rarely lost for words, yet I am finding it difficult to express how proud and honoured I feel.

“This is without doubt one of the proudest moments of my life, along with my wedding day, the births of my three children and becoming a college principal.”

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