“Filmstars, sportspersons get awards in their young age, but in the classical field the government usually waits till they attain the age of 70," he told PTI. “Why can't Sachin (Tendulkar)'s mother not be considered for Padma award? Mother is the first guru of the child. Why can't the homemaker mom get the recognition she deserves?" he asked.
Khan, is a recipient of the UNESCO Award, Padma Vibhushan (Highest Indian civilian award), Unicef's National Ambassadorship, The Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and Hon'ry Doctorates from the Universities of York in 1997, England, Delhi University in 1998, Rabindra Bharati University in 2007 and Kolkata and the Vishva Bharti (Deshikottam) in Shantiniketan in 2001.