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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 matters of defence and conflict management, but he also 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 Pune.

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, which led him to mould Indus into a stellar educational institution and a top-ranked international school in Pune.

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, etc. 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 Leader 2015-2016 in education. With his radical vision, Indus International has become exemplary to 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 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.

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

Sivakumar Srinivasan

Vice Principal

Mr. Sivakumar Srinivasan has almost two decades of experience in the field of education both as an educator and leader. He has deep knowledge about diverse curricula and the best pedagogical practices. He was the Vice Principal of a reputed IB school in Chennai before joining Indus International School. He has more than eight years of experience in IB curriculum.

He received a Certificate of Excellence from Florida Atlantic University for American Classroom Teaching in the year 2008, as part of the cultural exchange program between Florida Atlantic University and Madras University. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Research Degree in Physics. Mr. Sivakumar believes that the goal of education is to awaken, inspire and unleash the true potential in each student. His philosophy as a school leader is to manifest perfection already present in every student. In his role as the Vice Principal at Indus Pune, he aims to foster a collaborative environment for all stakeholders contributing towards excellence in all facets of education.

Mr. Sivakumar has a passion for Yoga and loves to improvise the practice to make it more dynamic and fun filled. He is a ravenous reader and a buoyant blogger. He also practices mindfulness and meditation. His other interests include sports, cooking and trekking.

Swati Surabhi

Head of School DP

Ms. Swati Surabhi’s academic qualifications define her as an Multilinguistic, with specialization in Literature and History of Latin America and Spain. She completed her double post-graduation from The University of Deusto, culminating in a renewed interest in the area of Trans-culturalism and Cultural Diplomacy. Ms. Surabhi’s learning voyage continues with her ongoing Masters in International Education from University of Bath, which has helped her consolidate her understanding of teaching and learning in its various aspects and her role as an IB facilitator.

Being a part of the Indus fraternity since 2013, Ms. Surabhi’s journey at Indus has been a series of jump-starts. Holding various responsibilities in the last five years;- as Spanish faculty member [MSP/MYP, IGCSE and DP curriculum], Activities Coordinator for Senior School, Teacherpreneur, and Curriculum Coordinator (Indus Trust), she has closely worked and interacted with teachers and students alike. Her strength lies in Communication, Collaboration and Creating a conducive learning environment for her students. As an educator, she believes in unlocking the potential of every child through nurturing competencies, values and leadership skills of 21st century. Ms Surabhi is a firm advocate of holistic education which empowers the child to be an educated, responsible and internationally minded citizen. She strives to make Indus an enriching, purposeful and life long experience for its young Eagles.

Rachel Satralkar

Head of Middle School MYP

Ms Rachel Satralkar is an enthusiastic educator whose has combined her own love for learning with her teaching career. She is a Masters in English Literature from Pune University and has been teaching for the last 8 years. She has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in International Education with a specific focus on the pedagogical basis of learning and worked at Indus Bangalore for 2 years before migrating to Pune.  In her time at Indus Pune, Ms Satralkar has held a varied portfolio, teaching across the PYP, MYP as well as the IGCSE curricula.

Ms Satralkar strives hard to ensure that her students develop in and thrive physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually at school by taking an avid interest in their personal, emotional and social lives at school. She deeply believes that a personal connect which involves teaching the child, precedes teaching the subject in the classroom. She is also of the strong opinion that parents and the school must partner in order to enable children to blossom and grow to their full potential. In keeping with this philosophy, Ms Satralkar also believes that collaboration and an open-mindedness to feedback are critical in ensuring that the students in her care receive complete support academically and otherwise.

Farida Bhaidani

Head of School – PYP and Head of Indus Early Centers Pune

Farida was appointed by Indus International School Pune in the year 2007 and has 16 years of teaching experience. As an educator, Farida is deeply passionate about bringing new discoveries to the classroom, by instilling a love for lifelong learning in the primary years. She is a strong believer in recreating curriculum to suit the needs of students in order to empower children with knowledge and skills.

Farida completed her B.A. with a Major in World History, and further pursued a Teacher Training Course with a specialization in Early Childhood, along with a Post-Graduate Diploma in education. She has attended various International Baccalaureate workshops to gain perspective on changing trends in pedagogy, community service and leadership. Farida believes that; creating a culture of collaboration and fostering positive relationships between students, staff and parents will help build a sound foundation in the PYP at IISP.

Ann Wenger

Director Placements

Ann Wenger is the Consultant Director of University Placements at Indus International School Pune. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education, and a Master’s Plus 30 degree in Adolescent Counseling and Clinical Psychology. She has a rich and lengthy background in international education including teaching, personal and academic counseling both in adult education and K-12. She has an extensive experience in university placements counseling and has worked as an Adjunct Professor in Educational Psychology in several universities. She has worked most of her life in international schools and has been a part of International Baccalaureate Programs for the last 25 years of her numerous years of working as an educator. It is with great enthusiasm that she approaches her work of helping families decide what the best country and program is for each student within the criteria of personal abilities, career goals, and family interests. She is proud to be a part of IISP and looks forward to seeing 140 students in the Class of 2018 placed in universities in India and around the world.

Capt. Rahul Bharti

Director Administration

Winner of the coveted “Sword of Honour” and the “President's Gold Medal” from the Military Academy, Capt. Rahul Bharti has served the Indian Armed Force with extensive experience in Team Management, Training and Development, Operations, Logistics, General Administration and Security.

He has worked with Mahindra Special Services Group as a Senior Security Consultant and provided consultancy services on corporate risk and homeland security. He has also handled projects on Physical Security Engineering, Risk Assessment, Risk Mitigation, Asset Protection, Crisis Management and Change Management.

Sanjay Kuqsal

Head of Boarding

Mr.Sanjay Kuqsal, educated at Mussoorie in St Georges’ College and Wynberg Allen School, brings with him 23 years of residential boarding school experience. He has worked in residential schools in India and abroad, prior to his last assignment with Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun, where he worked in several capacities including Dean of Student Welfare and Senior House Master.

Mr Kuqsal’s forte lies in his interest and vast experience of pastoral care which is a key pillar in the smooth functioning of a school. His chosen field of study is Information Technology and apart from being the System Administrator he has also been teaching. He has been instrumental in setting up IT infrastructure for the schools in which he has worked.

Mr Kuqsal has a passionate love for the outdoors. He loves travelling, wild life and trekking. His interest in giving back to society led to him pursuing a post graduate degree in Rural Development and taking up a part-time voluntary teaching assignment in a village school.

Sanjay strongly believes that a teacher is remembered more for what he is than for what he has taught.

Ms Preeti G Prabhu

Principal

Ms Preeti Prabhu has twelve years of teaching experience in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme [IB-DP] and fourteen years in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education [IGCSE] teaching both Economics and Business Management. She has a post graduate degree in Financial and Business Economics from England and is also a gold medallist in Economics from Bangalore University.

Prior to her appointment as Principal, Ms Prabhu has been the Head of Department, IGCSE Programme Coordinator, Head of Middle School [Grades 6-10] and more recently, the Vice Principal at Indus International School Bangalore.

Ms. Prabhu believes that the purpose of education if to educate the head, heart and mind of every student which guides them towards becoming lifelong learners and give meaning to their lives. She works with her team to unlock the potential of every student which will help them succeed in a VUCA world. For Ms Prabhu, excellence is not an action but a habit to develop which results in continuous improvement in all aspects of school life. She believes in the concept of being a ‘warm demander’- setting high expectations while providing a nurturing, structured and enriched environment that supports students in achieving these expectations. Ms Prabhu also believes that parents and guardians are important partners in every child’s education and the key to an effective school-parent partnership is based on trust, respect and responsibility.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading, photography, backpacking across different parts of the country, spending time with her family and their three pet dogs.

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, & 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 those that cater to less privileged. His initiatives also include improving 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 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, Malavalli 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 of 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 Pune.

Professor Shivram Malavalli

Trustee

He is currently Chairman, 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

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 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 with the lot. 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 Pune.