Bumper Year For Asian NY Honours
A campaigner for the rights of Asian women has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.
Glasgow lawyer Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, 43, is awarded an OBE for services to business and to Scotland's Asian community.
In 2013 she established the Scottish Asian Women's Association which promotes equality and highlights the contribution of Asian women to Scottish society.
"It really is an honour to be recognised in this way. All of us like to be validated for the efforts we make and for me this is a validation of all the profile building that I and a host of others who support me have managed to achieve," she said.
"I, alongside many others, will continue to strive to highlight the very considerable skills and talents that the Asian community brings to all of us and to encourage increased participation in public and political life in Scotland."
Mrs Asha Khemka, OBE. Principal and chief executive, West Nottinghamshire College. For services to Further Education. (Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) was honoured with a DBE.
The following were honoured with a CBE.
Professor Ash Amin, FBA. Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge. For services to Social Science. (Cambridgeshire).
The following were honoured with a OBE.
Mahmood Ahmed. Chair, Birmingham City Labour Party. For voluntary political service. (Birmingham, West Midlands).
Mrs Gill Harjagbir Bal. Headteacher, Wembley High Technology College, London Borough of Brent. For services to Education. (London).
Shahed Ahmed Battiwala. Headteacher, Elmhurst Primary School, Newham. For services to Education. (London)
Imam Asim Hafiz. Religious Adviser and Imam, HM Armed Forces. For services to Defence, especially in support of Afghan Operations. (Leicestershire).
Mrs Sofina Aktar Motin Islam. Headteacher, Stanton Bridge Primary School, Coventry. For services to Education. (Birmingham, West Midlands).
Muhammad Khawar Amin Mann. Founding Member and Chair, Mosaic. For voluntary and charitable service. (London).
Mrs Rafaat Mughal. Founder and director, JAN Trust. For services to Disadvantaged Women and the community in Haringey. (London)
Mrs Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh. For services to Business and to the Asian community in Scotland. (Glasgow).
Ashok Soni. Pharmacist, Croydon and Founding Member, NHS Future Forum, Surrey. For services to Community Pharmacy and the NHS. (London).
The following were honoured with an MBE.
Mrs Zaidah Parveen Ahmed, JP. Schools Community Engagement and Cohesion Lead, Rotherham Borough Council. For services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. (Rotherham, South Yorkshire).
Raj Kumar Bali. For services to Inter-faith Relations in Derby and the East Midlands. (Derbyshire).
Mrs Ranjana Bell. Chair, Strategic Independent Advisory Group, Northumbria Police. For services to Minority Ethnic Groups in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. (Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear).
Ms Aysha Esakji. Prevent Officer, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For services to Challenging Extremism and Empowering. (London).
Dr Sadhu Singh Gakhal. Vice Chair, British Sikh Consultative Forum. For services to the Sikh Community. (Wolverhampton, West Midlands).
MBE Brij-Mohan Gupta. Formerly president, National Council of Hindu Temples. For services to Inter-Faith Cohesion. (London).
Dr Satbir Singh Jassal. General Practitioner and Medical director, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. For services to Palliative Care for Children and Young People. (Loughborough, Leicestershire).
Mrs Faiza Khan. Deputy chief executive, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services. For services to Young People. (London).
Fathir Khan. For services to the Asian community in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. (Sheffield, South Yorkshire).
Mrs Yasmin Shabir Khan. Administrative Officer, Personal Tax, Bradford, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Equality and Diversity. (Shipley, West Yorkshire).
Dr Khalid Koser. Formerly Chair, Independent Advisory Group on Country Information. For services to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK. (Switzerland)
Mrs Tapshum Pattni. Assistant director, Adult Social Care, Birmingham Social Services. For services to Social Care. (Birmingham, West Midlands).
Miss Zanib Rasool. For services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. (Rotherham, South Yorkshire).
Mrs Bisakha Sarker. For services to South Asian Dance in Merseyside. (Liverpool, Merseyside)
Salim Sidat. For services to the community and Policing in Blackburn, Lancashire. (Blackburn, Lancashire).
Gulam Siddiquie. General secretary, Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society. For services to Cultural Integration and to the community in Lanarkshire. (Motherwell, Lanarkshire)
Jasvir Jassal has been awarded a British Empire medal (BEM) after being named in the New Year Honours list, for his voluntary work with the Concorde Rangers football Club, and charity campaigning work in Southall Middlesex.