London: A leading gastroenterologist, academics and several professionals across different fields are among the various Indian-origin achievers in the UK named in the Queen’s annual Birthday Honours list released.
Parveen June Kumar has been conferred the prestigious Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to medicine and medical education.
The UK Cabinet Office said to mark the centenary year of the honours, this years awards are the most diverse ever with 10 per cent of the successful candidates from black and minority ethnic (BAME) background, the highest ever. In total 1,109 people have received honours, which are bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II to mark her official birthday celebrations in the second week of June.
Another recipients of the Order of the British Empire include Ramesh Dulichandbhai Mehta, President of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), for services to the NHS.
“I am grateful for such a recognition and share the achievement with all my colleagues, friends and family members who have supported me for the years,” said Dr Mehta, a prominent campaigner for Indian-origin doctors in the UK.
The UKs Honours and Appointments Secretariat receive around 10,000 enquiries from members of the public each year, resulting in around 3,000 nominations for the honours every year. In addition to nominations from the public, government departments ask schools, hospitals, local authorities and similar organisations for suggestions of potential candidates.
The Queens official birthday celebrations will be marked by the traditional Trooping of the Colour parade near Buckingham Palace this weekend.