Contributions

  • With a postgraduate degree in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology from Patna University capped by a PhD in Asian Studies focused on the Culture of Mithila, she gained in stature as an eminent scholar.

  • Her Gandhian upbringing kept her involved in various activities of nation-building. This resulted in Dr. Khan's active participation in the Mahila Charkha Samiti, established by Smt. Prabhavati Devi in the very premises that she lived with her legendary husband, Jaiprakash Narayan. Dr. Khan has served the rural women of Bihar as the vice-chairperson of the historic Mahila Charkha Samiti and holds the post of Chairperson now. As a member of the management committee of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Bihar, she has been active in ensuring child rights and inculcating values in young people.

  • The range of her cultural responsibilities spans over multitudinous activities. Dr. Khan presides over 'Safar Mynah' , a theatre group composed of slum-dweller children while she is also the chairperson of 'Nirman Kala Manch', a thespian group approved by the National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi and other agencies under the Department of Culture. She is a member of the East Central Zonal Cultural Committee under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. She has been a delegate representing Bihar in the 'Vishwa Hindi Sammelan' in Surinam and New York. She travelled to Mauritius to attend the 'Vishwa Bhojpuri Sammelan' as a delegate of 'Setunyas'.

Dr. Ushakiran Khan received the prestigious PADMASHREE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Education and Literature in 2015, for her contributions in the field of teaching and writing.

Dr. Ushakiran Khan , was interviewed on her achievement as an award winning writer and social worker, by Doordarshan, Patna. In the interview she talked about her early childhood influences of her village, her freedom fighter parents, the illustrious poets and writers she met through her Gandhian parents, and the revolutionary poet. Nagarjun, who encouraged and mentored her to become a writer.

A feature on Dr Khan by Big Magic Channel on her early life, education, growth as writer, her inspirations and influences
  • Her awards and achievements
  • Her well known writings and her future plans