Co-Founder & Chancellor
Apeejay Stya University
“At Apeejay Stya University, we have set for ourselves a high benchmark, not just in terms of academic standards, but also in transparency, accountability and governance. We offer our students a wealth of learning opportunities in a vibrant campus that would serve as an essential stepping stone to a fulfilling life & career.”
Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia is a leading woman entrepreneur and educationist who has made outstanding contribution to industry, women empowerment and education. She is the CoPromoter & President of Apeejay Stya & Svrán Group - a major industrial & business house with diversified interests in India and abroad, and the Chairman of the Apeejay Education Society that runs 24 educational institutions across India. She is the daughter and only child of Dr. Stya Paul - eminent industrialist, educationist and freedom fighter.
Mrs. Berlia became the first-ever woman to head a multi-state apex chamber in India when she took over as the President of the PHDCCI in 2005-06. She is a Governing Body Member of the NBA for Technical Education, Member - Managing Committee of the PHDCCI, ASSOCHAM & ICC-India, Member - National Executive Committee of FICCI & Honorary Advisor - FICCI Higher Education Committee. She is one of the Independent Directors with Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Insolvency Professionals Agency (ICSI, IPA), a front line regulator for insolvency professionals. Over the years, she has played a leading role in formulating policies in educational reform & industry. As Founder Chairperson of the Education Committee of FICCI in 2004, she was instrumental in initiating & organising the First Global Conference on Higher Education in collaboration with UGC. She has represented India at the UN World Social Summit in 1995 and delivered a keynote address on the ‘Role of Women at the Workplace’. Mrs. Berlia has also presented the business perspective of ‘The Impact & Challenges of the Global Economic Crisis on Investment & Employment in India/South Asia’ at the DFID, London in 2009, and was part of the official delegation to the United States for the US-India Higher Education Summit in October 2011.
Mrs. Sushma Paul 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 a Special Honour by the Punjab Technical University in 2005 for her contributions in the field of Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Research. She was felicitated by the Confederation of Indian Industry for her outstanding contribution to academia and industry at the AICTE-CII University-Industry Congress 2012. She was conferred the ‘Exemplary Leader Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Academia’ by the Asian Confederation of Business & CMO Asia 2013. She was felicitated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Academia and Industry’ in 2013, with a similar honour conferred by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in 2012. She has also been conferred the ‘Outstanding Global Leader in the Field of Higher Education and Industry’ by CII in 2015. Mrs. Berlia is also one of the four members from India on the Executive Committee of Women’s Federation for World Peace, South Asia.
Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia has also been felicitated by the Skill Tree Knowledge Consortium at the House of Commons, London, in June 2014 & 2017, for her contribution to Indian Education and Industry. She was also conferred the ‘Education Leader of the Year’ by the Worldwide Achievers Asia Education Summit & Awards 2016 and ‘Woman Persona of the Decade for Education & Industry’ at India’s Women Enterprise Awards - 2nd inWENA Awards 2017. Mrs. Berlia has also been conferred the prestigious ‘Lokmat Women at Work Leadership Award’ 2017 at the Lokmat Corporate Excellence Awards, Mumbai and the prestigious ‘Hall of Fame Award’ at the 9th BBC Knowledge & DNA Innovative Leadership Awards 2017.