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Lt. General (Retired) Arjun Ray

PVSM, VSMChief Executive, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience in war, conflict management, and social transformation of those who have been alienated. As CEO of the Indus Trust, he provides the vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and institutions. He is responsible for long-term perspective planning, leadership training, teacher development programmes, innovations in education, integrating parents, children and community, and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities.

Lt. General Arjun Ray is a graduate from the prestigious Staff College at Camberlay, UK, and served as the country's Deputy Military Advisor in London. In 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. As part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 Sadbhavana 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 in Bangalore colleges to 125 Ladakhi girls.

In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest award 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.

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 the role of a teacher is to unlock her own potential and the potential of the child. This is possible by instilling the teacher and child with core-leadership competencies such as, innovation, persuasive communication, critical thinking, grit, etc.; consequently equipping them to design to be able to their own future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous). To implement this vision, General Ray set up 14 institutions: three International Baccalaureate Schools, the School of Leadership, the Indus Training and Research Institute, eight Early Learning Schools and the International Community School (the world’s first Equal Opportunity School for children living below the poverty line).

IB World has recently acclaimed the General as one of the six IB World School Leaders on rethinking education, especially by making high quality education affordable to the poor. Education World has also named him as one of the 50 game-changers in education in India. He was recently awarded the White Swan Education Award for India’s most Influential Leader in education.

The General has three interests – reading, writing, and speaking on leadership themes. His first book, The Kashmir Diary: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.

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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 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 a total of 16 years' experience of teaching and 8 years' experience of coordinating the IB Diploma Program. 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 in the purpose of education being "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 under MDS university. He believes in ongoing Professional Development and has regularly updates 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).

Capt. Abhinav Nayyar

Head of Pastoral Care

Capt. Abhinav Nayyar is an alumnus of the prestigious Officers Training Academy, Chennai got commissioned in Indian Army on, Sep 2016. He served in the Indian Army for 5 years with Infantry and Army Ordnance corps in Northeast sector. During his army tenure Captain Abhinav secured an Intructor grading and Material management diploma from College of Material Management, Jabalpur.

After a succesful Army tenure Captain Abhinav decided to pursue higher education and received his Master of Management in International Business degree from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand with first class honors and an International Entrpreneurship certificate from RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Capt. Abhinav joined the Indus family on 20 Mar 2015 as Head of Pastoral care and Sports. In sync with the vision of Indus, Capt. Abhinav and the boarding team have constantly endeavoured to bring in the leadership qualities in the boarders to prepare them for the future challenges by focusing on theri overall development. The boarding at Indus focusses on overall development of the child, educational as well personal development. In addition, the effort by the boarding team is to provide feeling of belongingness to the boarders and make Indus is a home away from home.

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 and 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 class 10 to the PhD level.

Ms. Baljeet Oberoi

MYP & IGCSE Coordinator

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, 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 honor 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 and 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...just to name a few. 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.

Hem Kumar Naidu

Director Administration

Lt Cdr Hem Kumar Naidu is an Alumnus of Prestigious Indian Naval Academy, with 12 glorious years of service as an Executive Officer of the Indian Navy. Lt Cdr Hem Kumar Naidu has served various tenures on board Naval Warships and Naval and Air Force, Air Stations across India. He is a qualified UAV Pilot and Instructor and has steered myriad projects during his tenure with the Indian Navy. Lt Cdr Hem Kumar Naidu has been awarded a Diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Indore.

Lt Cdr Hem Kumar Naidu joined the Indus family on 14 July 2017 as Director Administration and has played a pivotal role in shaping up the infrastructure and facilities at Indus International School, Hyderabad. Under the able leadership of Lt Cdr Hem Kumar Naidu, his team ensures that the services are always delivered promptly and to perfection. He is a firm believer of “Kaizen” and endeavours to inculcate the philosophy in the overall administration of the Institution with utmost dedication and determination.

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."

Mr. Sushil Mantri

Trustee

Mr. Sushil Mantri, the Chairman and 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 made the transition from entrepreneur to industry trendsetter and leads his enterprises from the front. Mr. Mantri motivates and advises his committed team on all matters concerning governance, infrastructure, and business development and budgeting. Mr. Mantri’s Social initiatives include school education for students who are less privileged and improving the aesthetics of public properties.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli

Trustee

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 the Co-founder and former CTO of Brocade Communications; Co-founder, Chairman and CSO of InMage Systems; and CSO of Lead Formix. In February 2003, Malavalli was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame for his contributions to technology. Kumar’s philanthropy in the field of education extends from digital learning centers in rural India to American institutions of higher education. He has established the Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair in Storage Systems Research at University of California Santa Cruz, co-founded the Indus Scholastic Management Services and serves as a trustee of the Indus International Schools. As a trustee, he contributes significantly in promoting the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Wellness philosophy of the school.

Professor Shivram Malavalli

Trustee

Chairman - Indian Institute of Production Engineers; Senior Advisor - World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, and General Secretary - Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks Association, Professor Shivram Malavalli guides all the ICT and Telecommunication initiatives of the School. He was honored in China for his contribution towards the growth of small and medium enterprises – both in India and abroad, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME).

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 the State from Karnataka. Mr. Jairaj has guided his group of organizations into successful ventures in diverse enterprises. His group’s various interests include real estate, hotels and serviced apartments, restaurants, and healthcare facilities. He enjoys serving as a mentor and advisor to many aspiring entrepreneurs; with them he shares a wealth of knowledge and experience, and it instils a commitment to excellence. He is an active member and trustee of many prestigious associations including the Karnataka State Cricket Association, Bangalore Turf Club and the India Red Cross. At Indus, he is responsible for the strategic and financial planning of the School.