New Delhi, November 8, 2012: The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) today felicitated Mrs. Sushma Berlia, President of the Apeejay Stya & Svran Group and Chancellor of Apeejay Stya University for her outstanding contribution to academia and industry at the AICTE-CII University-Industry Congress 2012 & 4th Global Higher Education Summit.

For the first time, CII has felicitated and recognised the contribution of an industrialist to the development of education services in India. Acknowledging the honour presented to her by CII and emphasising the need of structural reforms in the higher education system of the country, Mrs. Sushma Berlia said, “Higher education system in India needs equal support and contribution from government and private institutions to make quality higher education accessible to the youth. Despite a fast growth momentum, education sector still requires some critical changes at the grass-root level to ensure democratisation of quality education. We will continue to work towards this cause and strive to provide value-based holistic education to all.”

Attributing her achievements to her father and mentor Dr. Stya Paul, eminent industrialist, educationist and philanthropist, Mrs. Sushma Berlia revealed that Apeejay Education Society was established by Dr. Paul over four and half decades back as a way of giving back to society. Contributing to society, particularly through education, is something that has now become an engrained passion in her life. She also said, “There is a natural bridge between industry and education. My involvement in Education (earlier as the Vice President of the Apeejay Education Society, and now as President, AES & Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University), and in Industry (as President of the Apeejay Stya & Svran Group comprising diverse verticals like Life Science, Chemicals, Real Estate & Development, International Trading & Distribution, etc.) have given me a first-hand insight into the problems facing the education sector, right from K-12 to higher & professional education.”