21 April 2016 — In a special convocation held at the Barbican Center in London, the Open University conferred an honorary Doctor of the University degree on Professor Asha Kanwar. The degree was presented by Dr. Peter Horrocks, Vice Chancellor of the Open University. Reading from the citation, Professor Belinda Tynan, Pro Vice Chancellor, said that the Open University "recognise(s) her exceptional contribution to global education, social justice and human development".
Professor Kanwar, in her acceptance speech, said that she had always upheld the OU as a symbol of quality. "To receive recognition from the OU today is then something truly special" she said.