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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.
Head of School DP
Ms Swati Surabhi is a qualified multilinguist. She has specialisations in Literature, and History of Latin America and Spain. She completed her double post-graduation from The University of Deusto. It renewed her interest in the area of Trans-culturalism and Cultural Diplomacy. Ms Surabhi’s learning voyage continues with her ongoing Masters in International Education from the 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 has held many responsibilities. In the last five years she has served as a 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 the 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 lifelong experience for its young Eagles.
Head of Middle School MYP
Ms Rachel Satralkar is an enthusiastic educator whose has combined her love for learning with her teaching career. She has a Masters in English Literature from Pune University and has been teaching for the last eight 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 two 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 and thrive physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually at school by taking an avid interest in their personal, emotional and social lives at school. She sincerely believes that a personal connection which teaches the child is more important than teaching the subject in the classroom. She also opines that parents and the school must partner to enable children. This helps the children to blossom and grow to their full potential. In keeping with this philosophy, Ms Satralkar also believes that collaboration and open-mindedness to feedback are critical in ensuring that the students in her care receive complete support academically and otherwise.
Director of 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 is well versed in international education including teaching, personal and academic counselling both in adult education and K-12. She has extensive experience in university placements counselling 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. It is with great enthusiasm that she approaches her work of helping families to decide which is the best country and program for each student, considering 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 of 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.
Ms Preeti G Prabhu
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]. She taught 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.
Before being appointed as a Principal, Ms Prabhu has been the Head of Department, IGCSE Programme Coordinator, Head of Middle School [Grades VI-X] and more recently, the Vice Principal at Indus International School Bangalore.
Ms Prabhu believes that the purpose of education is to educate the head, heart and mind of every student. It should guide them to become 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 act but a habit. Its development 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. The keys to an effective school-parent partnership are trust, respect and responsibility.
When she's not working, she enjoys reading, photography, backpacking across different parts of the country, spending time with her family and their three pet dogs.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.