Kehkashan Basu, 14, an ambitious academic and environmental activist from the Deira International School has been named Non-Resident Indian of the Year. She won in the academic category that recognises NRIs who have ‘gone beyond their academic proficiencies’ and done exemplary work in their everyday lives which has created an impact on society or their neighbourhood’.
Kehkashan who flew to Mumbai for the award ceremony said she was particularly excited to meet Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan who congratulated her. Her dream is to become the secretary General of the UN.
Kehkashan has also won several honours for music dance and pubic speaking.
The NRI award launched by India’s largest media conglomerate the Times Group and ICICI Bank, seeks to honour exemplary NRIs. Now in its second year the award has five categories – entrepreneur, philanthropy, academics, art and culture.