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Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)

PVSM, VSMChief Executive, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.) has wide-ranging experience in matters of defence and conflict management. But he also is deep-rooted-passion for social transformation. He is the CEO of the Indus Trust and provides vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and Institutions. He is responsible for long-term perspective planning, leadership training, teacher development programmes, innovation in education, aligning parents, children, and community, and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities. Under his leadership, Indus International became a premier institution, and one of the top international schools in Bangalore.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Staff College at Camberley, UK, and served as the country's Deputy Military Advisor in London. On his last assignment, he commanded the newly raised 14 Corps in Ladakh. His success in forestalling insurgency in the region, by winning over alienated communities into the nation's mainstream, has been nationally and internationally acclaimed. Before building one of the top boarding schools in India, as a part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 schools, 11 Women's Empowerment Centers, and 60 Adult Education Centers for non-literate women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He provided free education and pastoral care to 125 Ladakhi girls in Bangalore colleges.

In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest honour in the armed forces for distinguished service. His success story in ‘change leadership’ has been selected as a case study for business and management schools in India. A dynamic leader, his imminent foresight and intellect, led him to mould Indus into a stellar educational institution and a top ranked international school in Bangalore.

In his second calling – international school education – he is of the firm belief that the purpose of education in the 21st century is to prepare the child for life; and that teachers must facilitating a nurturing environment, to unravel the potential in every child. Especially in residential schools in India, which is essentially a home away from home.

He deemed this possible, by instilling in teacher and child with core leadership competencies, such as innovation, persuasive communication, critical thinking, grit and more which equips them to design their own future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous), vision that sets the bar amongst the top International Schools in India. Consequently, equipping them to design their own future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). A vision that sets the bar amongst the top International Schools in India.

To implement this vision, General Ray setup 14 institutions: three International Baccalaureate Schools - all of which are among the top IB schools in India, the School of Leadership, the Indus Training and Research Institute, eight Early Learning Centres and the International Community School (the world’s first Equal Opportunity School for children living below the poverty line).

IB World has recently acknowledged General Ray to be one of the six IB World School Leaders for rethinking education and making high-quality education affordable to the underprivileged. Education World has named him one of the 50 game-changers in the education scenario in India. Furthermore, he was recently awarded the White Swan Education Award for the 'Most Influential Leader 2015-16', education. With his radical vision, Indus International has become an example for schools in Bangalore, and throughout the country.

The General has three interests – reading, writing, and speaking on leadership. His first book, 'Kashmir Diary: The Psychology of Militancy', is a purple primer in understanding the mind and motivation of a terrorist. The second book, Peace Is Everybody’s Business: Strategy for Conflict Prevention, is a treatise in conflict-prevention and has just been published by SAGE Publications. This book was inspired by General Ray’s experience in bringing lasting peace in Ladakh.

An exemplary learner, teacher, and leader, General Ray’s vision and strategies for schools in India continue to innovate, drive, and set new standards for others to follow.

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Ms. Rachna Gupta

Head of Centre

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin Ms. Rachna Gupta believes in involving children in their own learning and thus finds this quote in sync with her academic philosophies! Rachna has spent a considerable part of her career working with children from different strata of society. Apart from teaching the IB and I.C.S.E curriculum in India and Nepal, she has also worked with Cambridge to impart the YLE programme to learners in schools across Pune. Apart from being involved deeply in academics, she has authored textbooks for little learners, developed and designed curriculum for schools and has also contributed to the Cambridge YLE section in The Hindu. A published poet and a lifelong learner, Rachna is happiest when she is surrounded by little ones and believes she is blessed to have been given an opportunity to make a difference to each of her students’ lives!

Ms. Farida Bhaidani

Head of School


As an elementary educator, Farida is deeply passionate about bringing new discoveries to the curriculum, by instilling a love for lifelong learning amongst learners in the early years. Her objective is to create an age-appropriate stimulus for facilitating the fundamental development of young learners academically, emotionally and socially. With over 12 years of experience in the field of education, she is a strong believer in recreating curriculums to suit the needs of students, in order to accelerate higher order thinking and enabling students to bring dimension and depth to their learning.

Farida completed her graduation in Pune in Industrial Psychology, History and Politics, and then went on to study a Teacher Training Course with a specialization in Early Childhood Practice through play-based learning. She has attended several International Baccalaureate workshops to gain a global perspective on changing trends in teaching-learning cultures, action through service and collaborative planning. Navita Kishan’s philosophy of education centres on the belief that schools should harvest students' curiosity and provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. She is always striving to make the classroom a stimulating and provocative experience where the individual’s point of view, supported by knowledge, skill, reflection and understanding is both valued and made useful. She believes that teaching with clarity, passion, empathy and sincere enthusiasm effectively impacts learners, ultimately connecting them to their ‘passion’ and lifelong learning.

Mr. Sandeep Chhabra

Principal of Indus International School, Pune

Mr. Sandeep Chhabra served as Director, Curriculum and Leadership at Indus Trust before joining Indus International School Pune. He is a postgraduate degree in Chemistry and an alumnus of the prestigious Wynberg - Allen School, Mussoorie. He has vast experience of 28 years in the field of education. He was the principal of an IB school and has also been instrumental in setting up two boarding schools in Dehradun & Chandigarh. Mr. Chhabra has been part of the curriculum committee for CBSE/ICSE and has also set papers for board examinations. He is also a Master Trainer for CBSE and CAER.

Mr. Chhabra believes that education should strike a fine balance between Academic Excellence and Whole Education. His experience in various positions such as Chairman of Games Committee, Head of Activities, and House Master has given him a hands-on and in-depth exposure towards Whole Education. He also believes that when institutions work closely with parents, students can achieve success.

H. B. Jairaj


Mr. H B Jairaj, the Chairman of HRB Group of companies, has an MBA (Finance) from Case Western Reserve University, USA, and is a prominent industrialist from Karnataka. Mr. Jairaj has guided his group of organizations into successful ventures across diverse enterprises. His group’s various interests include real estate, hotels/serviced apartments, restaurants, and healthcare facilities. He also serves as a mentor and advisor to many aspiring entrepreneurs. He instills in them, a commitment to excellence while sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience. He is an active member and trustee of many prestigious associations, including the Karnataka State Cricket Association, the Bangalore Turf Club, and the Indian Red Cross Society. At Indus, he is at the helm of strategic and financial planning, paving our way up on the list of best schools in Bangalore.

Professor Shivram Malavalli


He is currently the Chairman of Indian Institute of Production Engineers, Senior Advisor at World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises and General Secretary of the Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks Association. Professor Shivram Malavalli guides all the ICT and Telecommunication initiatives at Indus, shaping it into one of the best international schools in Bangalore, with remarkable technological capability. He was honoured in China for his contribution towards the growth of small & medium enterprises – both in India and abroad, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME) in China.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli


Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist and visionary in the field of storage networks. He is the co-author and driving force behind Fibre Channel, an evolutionary technology that enabled the development of production-class Storage Area Networks (SAN’s). He is also the Co-founder and former CTO of Brocade Communications; Co-founder, Chairman and CSO of InMage Systems; and the CSO of LeadFormix. In February 2003, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council’s Hall of Fame for his significant contributions towards technology. Kumar’s philanthropy in the field of education extends from digital learning centers in rural India to American institutions for higher education. He also established the 'Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair' in Storage Systems Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz and co-founded Indus Scholastic Management Services. Furthermore, he also serves as a trustee to Indus International Schools. His contributions towards promoting the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Wellness philosophy of the school are rather significant and make Indus one of the top international schools in Bangalore.

Mr. Sushil Mantri


Mr. Sushil Mantri, the Chairman & Managing Director of Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd, is an outstanding personality in the world of realty, housing and construction. He is a visionary with an astute and resolute sense of enterprise, who has transitioned from being an entrepreneur to an industry trendsetter. As the sole leader of his company, Mr. Mantri motivates and advises his committed team on all matters concerning governance, infrastructure, business development & budgeting. His social initiatives reach out to schools in India, especially those that cater to less privileged. His initiatives also include improving aesthetics of public properties.