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Lt. General (Retired) Arjun Ray

PVSM, VSM, CEO/MD, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.) has a wide range of experiences in matters of defence and conflict management. He is also deeply rooted in social transformation. He is the CEO/MD 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's development programmes, innovation in education, aligning parents with 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 graduated from 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 was 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. He is a dynamic leader. His imminent foresight and intellect have 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 a firm belief that the purpose of education in the 21st century is to prepare the child for life. Teachers must facilitate a nurturing environment to unravel the potential in every child, especially in residential schools in India, which are essentially a home away from home.

He deemed this possible, by instilling in teachers and children with core leadership competencies, such as innovation, persuasive communication, critical thinking, grit and more, which equip them to design their future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). It is a vision that sets the bar high among 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,' helps to understand 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

Mr. Mohamed Rizwan

Vice Principal

A post graduate in Mathematics and an alumnus of The American College, Mr Rizwan has a vast experience in international curriculum and has served as a senior Math facilitator for the past 15 years in India and abroad. He has held many leadership positions in the Indus Trust and brings in macro and ground level experience to Indus International School Hyderabad. He firmly believes that the purpose of education is to prepare students for life.

As an IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, he has taken the onus to tap into the multiple intelligences of students who enter the school and help them to reach their full potential while delivering the philosophy of the IB Diploma Programme with all sincerity.

Mr Arpit Sharma

IB Diploma Program Coordinator

He has 16 years of experience in teaching and 8 years of experience in coordinating the IB Diploma Programme. He has to his credit three Masters Degrees: MA-English Litt, M.Phil-English Litt and MBA-Marketing. He also has to his credit a Bachelors degree in Education (B.Ed.). Reading and Traveling are two of his passions. He firmly believes that the purpose of education is 'Preparation for Life' and his working motto is, "Take care of small things, and big things will fall in place automatically." He has been an active sports person with volleyball as his favourite sport. He has played Hockey at High School State level as well as at University level while pursuing his bachelor of Arts program at MDS University. He believes in ongoing professional development and has regularly updated himself with regular IB PD workshops. He has completed DP Coordination workshops (Category 1 and 2), Language A Litt (Category 1 and 2) and Theory of Knowledge (Category1,2, and 3).

Ms. Baljeet Oberoi

Head of MYP

A post graduate in Mathematics and an alumnus of The American College, Mr. Rizwan has a vast experience in international curriculum and has served as a senior Math facilitator for the past 15 years in India and abroad. He has held many leadership positions in the Indus Trust and brings in macro and ground level experience to Indus international school Hyderabad. He firmly believes that the purpose of education is to prepare students for life.

Ms Baljeet is working as the Head of Middle School at the Indus International School, Hyderabad. Her previous assignment was with the Oakridge International School where she worked as the MYP coordinator and IBDP Mathematics faculty. She has an experience of more than two decades in the education industry. She also worked as Head of Mathematics and a learning coach at the Winchester School, Dubai, for five years.

Ms Baljeet has to her educational credits, a Master degree in Mathematics and has attained distinctions** in Bachelor Degree of Education and Cambridge International Certificate for Teachers Examination. She has attended numerous IB & CIE workshops and regional conferences in India as well as abroad. She also had the honour to attend teacher’s forum of great world leaders like Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Mr Bill Clinton and Mr Lal Krishna Advani.

She is a committed educationist, a leader with a passion for learning and with the experience of enabling pupils from a rich cultural mix, of all abilities, to receive the most challenging of educational opportunities and achieve their full academic and personal potential. She is an empowering Teacher Trainer and has to her credit many teacher orientation workshops on Technology Integration, Interdisciplinary Learning, Skills Enhancement, inquiry-based classrooms, differentiation, approaches to learning skills and many more. Under her mentorship, she equips teachers with all the teaching tools required to enhance their skills and expertise in teaching.

She truly believes that a classroom is not only a 'Temple of Learning ,' but most importantly a 'Temple of Transformation.' According to her, the greatest joy one can derive is turning lives around. Nothing is as exciting and rewarding as being the cause of somebody's success, and only a teacher is bestowed with this unique gift.

Mr. Mohammad Aslam

IGCSE Coordinator

I am working as the IGCSE Coordinator at the Indus International School, Hyderabad since past three years. I have two decades of teaching experience in various curricula. I worked as a Head of Mathematics Department at Indus International School Hyderabad before taking up the role of IGCSE coordinator. I worked as a Hose Master in a complete Boarding School (Vishwashanti Gurukul IB World School Pune) for three years.

I have done Master degree in Mathematics and Bachelor degree of Education and also an Examiner IBDP and certified coursework moderator in CIE. I have attended IB & CIE workshops.

I truly believe that a great teacher is the one who inspires and guides the students to believe in what they are capable of.

I believe that teaching young minds is a task that needs to be taken with utmost care and one should have passion for it. As teaching is a task that is full of excitement, wonder, and joy. However, it is also full of challenges and responsibilities.

I strongly believe that every child learns not with the same pace or may be not in the same way and all children are capable of learning, if they are motivated and directed towards the right path.

As an educator I need to be aware of learning, motivation, behavior, and development theories in order to relate to my students and push them to reach their full potential. Assignments, projects, presentations, DI worksheets are some of the methods I use in my class as an assessment tool. I also believe that students shall be able to design creative and challenging questions based on the concept taught, which will give me an idea of their capability of understanding and thinking. I also believe that this will enhance the student’s critical thinking levels.

I strongly believe that 21st century teachers must work collaboratively to bring the best in each other. As an educator, it is important not only to help the students that you are teaching, but also to encourage them to help others.

I always try to figure out new and creative ways with a bit of humor added help the students to learn in a better way. Learning is a life-long process and I only intend to make it memorable for my students as well as interesting for me.

Ms. Anjalika Sharma

Head of School-PYP

Anjalika Sharma has twenty-two years of experience in the field of education. She started her career in teaching by returning to her Alma Mater, St. Thomas’ Girls’ School, Kolkata in 1995. She worked at Pathways School, Aravalli and later in Assam Valley School, Tezpur. Anjalika worked as a PYP coordinator at Scottish High International School, Gurgaon and Navrachana International School, Vadodara. She worked as a PYP coordinator as well as PYP Principal at Sreenidhi International School, Hyderabad.

Anjalika has a post-graduate degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and a bachelor’s degree from Presidency College, Kolkata.

Alongside these school experiences, Anjalika has carried out extensive work in her roles as IB workshop leader, IB online workshop leader and programme field representative, as well as a consultant for new IB schools and school visits’ team leader for school authorization. Anjalika believes that students should be given opportunities to be "solutionaries!" They should be encouraged to collaborate, share perspectives, construct their understanding, design solutions and take responsibility for their actions. Students should be encouraged to look at challenges and adversities as opportunities to learn from, reflect upon and grow after experiencing it.

Ms. Swetha Kothapalli

PYP Coordinator

I started my journey as a teacher 10 years ago. I have been with Indus for four years now and taught various age groups. I am an Engineering graduate in computer science and did my Masters in Psychology. I have attended various IB PYP and MYP workshops from category 1 and 3. I’m a strong believer of the PYP curriculum and I look forward to supporting the teachers in creating true IB students. I have also setup the STEAM labs at Jubilee hills and at the main campus. Creativity, collaboration and communication should be a priority in our education and I believe that, given the right exposure and opportunity, our students have great potential to develop these skills.

Deepti Chitkara

Director Placements

Mrs Chitkara, has sixteen years of experience in the field of educational counselling. She is undoubtedly a multifaceted personality as she has been an administration advisor, a higher education consultant, trainer, speaker as well as a counsellor. Bubbling with energy and enthusiasm, she is indeed a storehouse of information and knowledge so pertinent that she can talk her way into the hearts of her listeners. She is always thoroughly updated about any changes and developments in the field of education. She has extensively travelled across the globe and majority of Asia. She has personally evaluated the state of the art facilities in the Universities and observed the progress of students studying there. She has been quoted in leading newspapers including The Times of India and Hindustan times. She has an MBA in Business & Management from Narsee Monjee University. She has guided a countless number of students ranging from Grade X to the PhD level.

Ms. Nuwaira Pasha

Principal of Indus International School Hyderabad

"“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."

"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 had 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 firm believer in early intervention and following a comprehensive approach ensuring every child is given an equal opportunity to develop themselves.

H. B. Jairaj

Trustee

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 organisations 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, helping to pave our way up on the list of best schools in Bangalore.

Professor Shivram Malavalli

Trustee

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 to the growth of small and medium enterprises – both in India and abroad, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME) in China.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli

Trustee

Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist and a 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 centres 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 significant and they make Indus one of the top international schools of Bangalore.

Mr. Sushil Mantri

Trustee

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.