An award-winning Birmingham broadcaster who founded the BBC Asian Network is set to be honoured for her services to the city.
Anita Bhalla, who set up one of Birmingham's first hostels for Asian women in Handsworth, will receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University (BCU).
The former teacher and community worker will join hundreds of students graduating from the university's faculty of health, education and life sciences at an awards ceremony held at Symphony Hall.
Currently chairwoman of Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Ms Bhalla has enjoyed a 26-year career at the BBC and in 2009 she was awarded an OBE for her services to broadcasting and communities.
She plays an active role in the education sector, being current governor at BCU and previous chairman of governors at Grestone Junior and Infant School in Handsworth Wood.
She said: "I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this honour from Birmingham City University. I have had the privilege to experience the university both as a student and as a governor.
"It is a university that is at the heart of a great city and plays its part in our city, combining this successfully with a national and an international academic reputation. I am proud to be associated with it."
Previously chairman of the Midlands Art Centre in Edgbaston, she also used to present Channel 4's Eastern Eye as well as a host of other national TV programmes.
She is also the chairman of the Creative City Partnership, an initiative set up to support the creation of jobs and wealth in Greater Birmingham.
She has a strong commitment to public services and is a member of Birmingham's Social Inclusion Commission and a current trustee of the Children's University.
Between 2010 and 2011, she held the office of High Sheriff of the West Midlands and at present she is also the region's Deputy Lieutenant.