Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia– A Short Profile
Co-Promoter & President, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group
President, Apeejay Education Society
Co-Founder & Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University
Mrs. Sushma Berlia is a leading woman entrepreneur and industrialist of the country, who has made outstanding contribution to the cause of industry, woman empowerment and education. She is the Co-Promoter & President of Apeejay Stya & Svrán Group – a leading industrial & business house with diversified interests in India and abroad, and President of Apeejay Education Society which runs 29 Schools and higher education institutions across the country. She is also the Chancellor and Co-founder of the Apeejay Stya University - India’s first Liberal Arts & Meta University with a strong focus on research and technology.
Mrs. Berlia became the President of the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2005-06, making her the first-ever woman to head a multi-state apex chamber in India. She plays a leading role in the Indian pharmaceutical industry and has been actively involved in taking up various important issues like drug norms, price regulations etc. She was nominated to represent India at the ‘Commission of Biotech Society’ by the International Chamber of Commerce.
She was also nominated to represent Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India(OPPI) in the Task Force of the IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association).
She is currently also the Member of Board ,Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise under Government of India.
A well-known educationist, Mrs. Berlia has contributed and played a leading role in formulating policies in the field of educational reform, and her suggestions on issues of access, equity & inclusive education, industry-academia linkages, skill development and implementable solutions for funding of higher education have been well-appreciated by the government and regulatory bodies. Mrs. Berlia is a Governing Body Member of the National Board of Accreditation. She has also served as the Chairperson, Board of Governors of the NIT, Jalandhar, and as Member of the Board of Governors of IIT-Roorkee. She is a Member of the Managing Committee of the PHDCCI, ASSOCHAM & International Chamber of Commerce – India, Member of the National Executive Committee of the FICCI, and an Honorary Advisor of FICCI Higher Education Committee. As the founder Chairperson of the Higher Education Committee of FICCI in 2004, she was instrumental in initiating and organizing the First Global Conference on Higher Education in collaboration with UGC.
For over two decades, Mrs. Berlia has actively championed, at various national and international forums, the cause of education of the girl child, and women’s empowerment in the family, industry and society at large.In 1995, she had represented India at the UN World Social Summit held at Copenhagen (Denmark) at the invitation of the International Chamber of Commerce and International Organization of Employers, and had delivered a keynote address on the ‘Role of Women at the Work Place’
Mrs. Berlia has participated and delivered keynote addresses in numerous national and international conferences, symposiums and seminars, and published research articles extensively in various national and international journals.
She presented the business perspective of “The impact & challenges of the Global Economic crisis on Investment & Employment in India/South Asia”at the Department for International Development, London (DFID) in July 2009.
Mrs. Berlia represented India as a member of the official delegation to the United States for the“US-India Higher Education Summit” held in October 2011, where she spoke on “Building Capacity through Private Sector/Academic-Industry Research Partnerships”.
She was also invited to speak at the BOAO Forum for Asia 2013 on “Education vs Employment,” and “Development of Small and Medium Industries.”
Mrs. Berlia has many awards to her credit, including the “Outstanding Businesswomen Award 2008” of the PHDCCI, the “International Lifetime Achievement Award 2009” of the ‘International Congress of Women’ in Collaboration with the Govt. of India and the UNIC, and a Special Honor by the Punjab Technical University in 2005 for her contributions in the field of Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Research.
In 2012, she was felicitated by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for“Outstanding Contribution to Academia and Industry”, conferred the “Exemplary Leader Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Academia” by the Asian Confederation of Business & CMO Asia 2013.
Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, was also felicitated by FIICI for her 'Outstanding Contribution to Education' at the 9th FICCI Higher Education Summit 2013 which was inaugurated by Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon'ble Minister of State, MHRD. As the Chair of the FICCI Higher Education Committee, she has steered the group towards taking up critical issues in the sector.
She has also been felicitated with the Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award 2014, by the National Education & Human Resource Development Organisation, for her outstanding contribution to Industry and Education.
Mrs. Berlia is also one of the four members from India on the Executive Committee of Women’s Federation for World Peace, South Asia.
In a first of its kind initiative in London, Skill Tree Knowledge Consortium, India’s first syndicate of private universities and colleges, profiled few of India’s top educational institutions. The aim was to position Indian colleges and universities as proven leaders on a global platform.
As part of the initiative,Mrs. Berlia, was recognised and awarded for her contribution to Indian education through Apeejay Education Society & Apeejay Stya University in a glittering event at the House of Commons, London, held in June, 2014.