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Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)
PVSM, VSM, Chief 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 facilitate 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 teachers 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. 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 as one of the six IB World School Leaders for rethinking education and making a high-quality education affordable to the underprivileged. Education World has named him one of the 50 game-changers in the education scenario in India. He was also awarded the White Swan Education Award for the ‘Most Influential Leader 2015-16’, in India. 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, Kashmir Diary: 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, and leader, General Ray’s vision and strategies for schools in India continue to grow to innovate, drive, and set new standards for others to follow.
For more information on General Ray, you may please visit www.generalarjunray.com
A post graduate in Education from the University of Delaware, USA, Ms. Aditi Pant joined Indus International School, Bangalore in the year 2004. She has taught English Language and Literature in all the three programs offered in school- MYP, IGCSE and IBDP. Having taught in international schools in India and abroad she brings in 18 years of experience and perspective in best teaching and learning practices. In 2016, she not only won the NDTV south zone award for excellence in teaching English but also went on to win the National award for teaching English in the same year. Ms. Aditi is a columnist for the newspaper Deccan Herald and regularly writes for the columns ‘Oasis’ and ‘Right in the middle’. She has also been the editor of the school magazine. Her connect and love with and for students has been the bedrock of all her teaching and learning. As the Head of Department for English and a TOK teacher she has worked towards inculcating a passion for learning in the students and made the classroom an exciting and pulsating environment. She believes in going well beyond the IB mandate and ensuring that students grow organically and realize their true potential.
Dr. Savita Padmanabhan
Lead Academic Coach
Dr. Savita Padmanabhan joined Indus International School, Bangalore in the year 2011. She has taught physics at the IGCSE and IBDP levels and also TOK in the IBDP. Since joining Indus she has held several leadership positions including that of Head of the Physics Department, House Master, Head of the MUN club, and Curriculum Team lead for the 10-year IBDP review. She obtained her PhD degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, Chicago. She then taught in several high need schools in the city of Chicago while obtaining her teaching degree from National Louis University, Chicago. Over the span of six years prior to joining Indus in July of 2011, she taught physics, chemistry, and Biology to high school students in Chicago for six years. She brings with her a diverse approach to teaching and learning and a vast research experience which has seen rich dividends in the form of the performance of her students.
Head of School DP
Aparna's journey with Indus International School Bangalore, began in August 2009. She previously served as the Head of the Department of Biology and was instrumental in establishing the Genomics Club - a platform that instils scientific temper in students while honing their innovative spirit while young. As a housemaster of the Hercules house, she has spearheaded many community projects to sensitize students to the needs of underprivileged children through servant leadership. As the IB Diploma Coordinator, she scrupulously delivers the philosophy of the IB Diploma Programme, also taking the onus to tap into the intelligence of each student to help them to reach their full potential. This is what makes Indus thrive as one among the best IB Schools.
Head of Middle School (Grades 6-10) MYP & IGCSE
Ms. Sheth has been teaching Mathematics for nine years at Indus International School, Bangalore, across all programmes (PYP, MSP, IGCSE, and DP). As the Head of School, she is here to support, promote and enforce the vision and core values of the school through various aspects of academics and through holistic education. The desire to unlock every student's potential motivates her to facilitate a safe and healthy learning environment at one of the best schools in Bangalore. Her strengths lie in communication, collaboration, implementing effective learning strategies and encouraging students to pursue excellence.
A graduate in English and Mathematics and a postgraduate in Mathematics, she is an avid reader, a homemaker, and a cruciverbalist.
She was awarded the runner-up prize for Outstanding Young Indian Teacher for the South India zone in the year 2010.
Head of Primary School- PYP
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 thought-provoking experience where the individual’s point of view, supported by knowledge, skill, reflection, and understanding is both valued and utilised. She believes that teaching with clarity, passion, empathy, and sincere enthusiasm effectively impacts learners, ultimately connecting them to their ‘passion’ and lifelong learning. Ms. Kishan has been in the teaching profession for the past 15 years, and holds a degree in Science from Bangalore University. She is a trained International Baccalaureate PYP Workshop Leader and has been applying international best practices in teaching and learning at Indus International School since 2005.
Director of Guidance & Placements
Mr. Hector Leon has worked with international students for over a decade in various countries, including the USA and China. He has held the position of Dean at the university level and Director at the high school level. He has also appeared on international media on issues related to international students. Hector holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Art and a master’s degree in Psychology and Education. He is proud to be at Indus International School Bangalore, and looks forward to helping students understand, apply and select the college that best fits the student's academic profile and personality, empowering the scholars to highlight their strengths and achieve their goals.
Mr. John Prem Rabindranath
Director of Administration
Mr. John Prem Rabindranath joined the Indus family with a core background in counselling, special educational needs and psychology, having graduated with a Masters in Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. He has completed 5 years of teaching in the Diploma Programme. A practitioner of lifelong learning, he is currently pursuing his Masters in International Education from the University of Bath, UK. After having been deeply involved in the community development initiatives at Indus as a CAS coordinator, he underwent the privilege of being trained under the Principal and the CEO in the coveted role of a teacherpreneur.
This rich array of experiences, coupled with his core belief in student engagement, has helped him redefine the role of an administrator. He now leads an able team that endeavours to imbibe the school's vision and ethos in themselves and in others, through innovation in administration.
Mrs. Sarojini Rao
Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore
Mrs. Sarojini Rao, Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore since July 2005, has exceptional academic credentials. She ranked first at the University of Pune in B.A Economics and holds three postgraduate degrees in Economics, Education and Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh.
Trained in all the three IB programs (PYP, MYP, and DP), Mrs. Rao is also a graduate of the Principal’s Training Centre for International School Leadership, USA.
She is the Managing Trustee of Indus International Community School, Bangalore, one of India’s best international schools that offer quality education to the underprivileged.
Mrs. Rao has been instrumental in planning the curriculum and inter-curricular strategy, defining academic and non-academic objectives for the school, and in training teachers. She has played a pivotal role in making Indus the yardstick for residential schools in India. Her role includes formulating the Leadership Curriculum, the Instructional Supervision and Evaluation model for the school. With specialized knowledge of the Balanced Scorecard, she has implemented standards that set challenging and exacting benchmarks, which have rendered the all-around success of Indus as a top international school, in delivering holistic education with academic rigor as the highest priority.
Under her leadership, students are geared up to take on the challenges that lay ahead as flagbearers and makers of the future. Her emphasis on holistic education (without compromising academic excellence) has been the highlight of her conviction and has resulted in Indus being ranked the best international school in India for five successive years.
The structured leadership curriculum that involves every child has instilled confidence among students and has enabled them to set realistic goals and devise plans to achieve them.
Mrs. Rao represents the core values of the school: love, empathy, discipline, and respect. This reflects in our students being sensitized to the needs of the less privileged in society, and their vigour to contribute through service. With her example, guidance, advice and ideas, Mrs. Sarojini Rao has built a strong team, and together they work to maintain the standards of the best Indian international school, bringing recognition and acclamation to Indus every day. Both, teachers and student leaders are committed to excelling in many fields of endeavour for themselves and the students which translates to passion and purpose, service and spirituality, respect for diversity and global understanding.
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 for those that cater to the less privileged. His efforts also include improving the 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 Bangalore.
Professor Shivram Malavalli
He is currently the Chairman for 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.
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.