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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 with a 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 premium 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 inculcating the 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 India’s most Influential Leaderin education. With his radical vision, Indus International has become an example for schools in Bangalore, and throughout the country.
General Ray also won the Brainfeed Lifetime Achievement Award (2017-18) for his outstanding contribution to the field of education by elevating standards in imparting quality education to the next generation learners.
The General has three interests – reading, writing, and speaking on leadership. His first book, The Psychology of Military, 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-leader, General Ray’s vision and strategies for schools in India continue to innovate, drive, and go where others used to follow.
For more information on General Ray, you may please visit www.generalarjunray.com
Ms Pushpita Balakrishnan
Head of Centre
Pushpita Balakrishnan has around twenty-four years of work experience out of which she has been in the education field for fifteen years. She has been working at Indus International School, Hyderabad since the last four years where she has been a Home Room Teacher as well as the Teacher Librarian. Prior to working at Indus, she worked as a Home Room Teacher at Sreenidhi International School, Hyderabad and a pre-primary facilitator at Glendale Edufun, Hyderabad. She also has years of experience in training and development in the IT sector. During the tenure of her jobs, she has held various positions including Centre Head for a branch of Zee Education (A division of Zee Tele-vision Networks). She has also been training corporate employees in Business Communication skills, Presentation skills, Corporate Etiquette, Interviewing skills and Interpersonal skills.
She has a graduate degree in Commerce from Osmania University.
She has completed a Diploma in Pre & Primary Teachers’ Training from the American TESOL Institute specializing in teaching English. She has also received a “Certificate in Teaching” from the London School of Teaching and Training, London, England.
Additionally, she has a Diploma in Business Management from The Institute of Chartered Fi-nancial Analysts of India University, Tripura and a Master’s Diploma in Software Engineering from Aptech Computer Education.
Her motto in life is that everything is possible as long as one believes in oneself and is willing to work hard and persevere.
She believes in encouraging and motivating the students/audience to evolve and express their own perspectives, and thereby enable experiential and inclusive learning.
Ms. Nuwaira Pasha
Head Of School
Ms. Nuwaira brings with her more than 10 years of work experience in the Primary Years field. After completing graduation in Bangalore in Psychology, English and Sociology, she moved to England for further studies, and has successfully acquired her Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Education. In addition to her QTS, she also holds a Diploma in Early Childhood and Preschool Practice, making her a specialist in the field. She is currently Head of the Primary School at Indus International School Hyderabad, The Indus Early Learning Centre Hyderabad and Chennai.
Ms. Nuwaira Pasha
“Education is not the learning of facts but training of the mind to think” - Albert Einstein.
A strong believer of the quote, Ms. Nuwaira Pasha brings more than 15 years of work experience in the Pre Primary and Primary Years. After completing her graduation in Bangalore she moved to England for further studies and has acquired her Qualified Teacher’s Status (QTS) in Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education from London. In addition to her QTS, she also holds a Diploma in Early Childhood and Pre-school Practice from London, making her a specialist in the field. She has taught the British National Curriculum for 8 years whilst in London followed by teaching in an IBPYP school for the latter part of her career. Her vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped her in understanding student needs and abilities which has enabled her to construct a student centric developmentally appropriate curriculum. She has also trained in Special Educational Needs and is a strong believer in early intervention and following an all-inclusive approach ensuring every child is given an equal opportunity to develop themselves."
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 the less privileged. His initiatives also include improving aesthetics of public properties.
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 Hyderabad.
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 Hyderabad, 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.
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 the State 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 Hyderabad.