New Delhi, 13 November 2013: Mrs. Sushma Berlia, President, Apeejay Education Society & Chancellor of Apeejay Stya University was recently 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.

Mrs. Sushma Berlia was honoured for her continued support and guidance in making FICCI a leading voice in the higher education space. Her passion and out-of-the-box thinking has contributed towards the paradigm shift in the higher education space. As the Chair of the FICCI Higher Education Committee, she has steered the group towards taking up critical issues in the sector.

In 2004, FICCI was the foremost National Chamber of Commerce that realised the importance of Education in the country's economic growth. At a time when there was no structured education committee with any other Commerce Chamber or even the Government; Mrs. Sushma Berlia instituted and spearheaded the first Higher Education Committee of FICCI. Under her leadership, the first HES was partnered by the Stanford University and Dr. John L Hennessy, President, Stanford University delivered the keynote address. Since its inception, the summit has been focusing on reforms, accessibility, building networks and global engagement & in creating relevance through industry-academia linkages.