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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 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. He has the makings of a dynamic leader, and the imminent foresight and intellect, which led him to mold 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 inculcating the teacher 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 in education. With his radical vision, Indus International has become exemplary to schools in Bangalore, and throughout the country.

The General has three interests – reading, writing, and speaking on leadership. His first book, 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-leader, General Ray’s vision and strategies for schools in India continue to innovate, drive, and go where others used to follow.

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Purshottam Dutt Vashist

Vice Principal

Mr. Purshottam Dutt Vashist is a double post graduate with over seventeen years of experience in CBSE and IB schools with over six years as a Vice Principal. He has worked with renowned schools in Delhi-NCR, his last employment was with GEMS Education in Dubai as the Vice Principal, of a large Boys’ school with over 3,500 students.

He has extensive experience of leading the school in reviews by educational authorities. He is a trained school reviewer and has reviewed/Inspected schools in the UAE for school improvement. He has extensive experience in creating and delivering Professional Development workshops for teachers and school leaders to enhance learning in classrooms.

He has represented his school and college in cricket and football. A voracious reader, he believes that reading develops skills critical for being successful in today’s challenging times and inspires people to learn, dream and become role models.

Ms Naaz Kirmani

Head of School DP

The IB Diploma Programme at Indus International School, Pune is headed by Ms Naaz Kirmani.

Ms Naaz Kirmani’s portfolio contains a diverse range of experience with several prestigious IB schools in India in several roles and leadership positions. She holds a post graduate degree in history. Her interests center around curriculum development with special emphasis on cultural diversity and international mindedness. She sincerely believes in the IB philosophy and has tirelessly promoted an education that facilitates in bringing out the best in a child’s personality, laying stress on attributes which promote intercultural understanding and global mindedness.

An avid reader and a dedicated worker, she presented her scholarly work ,”The changing Face of school library with the advent of e – content” in the 36th Annual Conference of IASL, held in Taipei, Taiwan from 16 – 20 July 2007. She was highly commended for her work and received IASL “Jean Lowrie Leadership Award 2007” for her research work on implementation strategies for E-curriculum at PYP level, during the conference. She is only the second Indian to get the coveted award since its inception in 1988.

Naaz also served as a workshop leader for Global Language Convention hosted by CASIE (Centre for the Advancement and Study of international Education) in Atlanta, Georgia from April 17-20, 2008 in cooperation with International Baccalaureate. She presented her work titled,” Pedagogy of Language Immersion Programme in Indian Context: An Analysis and Overview”.

In addition to her role in school, she works closely with the IB Asia Pacific Head Quarters, Singapore in mentoring the upcoming schools in the Region. She is an IB consultant, a senior examiner for Theory of Knowledge, an IB workshop Leader, IB authorization team leader and Application Reader for Evaluation. She carries over nine years’ experience as DP Coordinator in prestigious schools in India. She has comprehensive experience in Pre-authorization and Authorization process for IB and has led two schools successfully through the DP application and authorization process.

Ashima Shrivastava

IB DP Coordinator

Ashima is a compassionate and inspiring educator who ensures that all students perform to the best of their abilities in alignment with the goal set by them in the beginning of the academic year. As an IB diploma coordinator at Indus International School Pune, she ensures that IB DP standards and practices are implemented in full rigor and vigor. She is trying to foster the mentor-mentee system in IISP for all DP students to ensure that customized support and guidance can be provided to the students depending upon their needs. As an academician, she sets high benchmarks in teaching and learning practices in the school and tries to create

Bhartan Sah

Head of School – MYP & IGCSE

Bhartan Sah is the Head of School, MYP and IGCSE at Indus International School, Pune. He has an experience of a number of prestigious schools first as a student and then as a teacher/leader. His schooling has been from the illustrious St. Joseph's College, Nainital. He has gone through the rigorous educational programs of traditional schools and then trained as a pedagogical leader for the prestigious IB curriculum. He believes in combining the values and wisdom of traditional schooling with the innovation and science of modern education.

He successfully led the Rungta International School, Raipur through the demanding authorization process of the IB. His motto is to infuse academic rigor and life skills by means of whole education to prepare citizen for the uncertain and ever changing world.

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-Graduation 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 Consultant Director of University Placements at Indus International School Pune. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree plus 30 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 background 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 “Presidents 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 pertaining to corporate risk and homeland security. Dealing with projects pertaining to Physical Security Engineering, Risk Assessment, Risk Mitigation, Asset Protection, Crisis Management and Change Management.

Ajit Singh

Head of Sports and Pastoral Care

Ajit Singh is the Head of Sports and Pastoral Care at Indus International School, Pune. He has an experience of working with number of prestigious schools as a Residential Administrator. His schooling till Grade X is from Indian Military School and later completed his LLB from Army institute of Law, Mohali. He has gone through rigorous training and has been trained as thorough sportsman and leader.

He represented his college in sports and is a winner of Prestigious Championship Trophy organized by Punjabi University. He has experience of 12 years as the Head of Pastoral Care.

Mr. Sandeep Chhabra

Principal

Mr. Sandeep Chhabra served as Director, Curriculum and Leadership at Indus Trust before joining Indus International School Pune. He is a Post Graduate in Chemistry and an alumnus of the prestigious Wynberg - Allen School, Mussoorie. He has vast experience of 28 years in the field of education. He was the principal of an IB school and has also been instrumental in setting up two boarding schools in Dehradun & Chandigarh. Mr. Chhabra has been part of the curriculum committee for CBSE/ICSE and has also set papers for board examinations. He is also a Master Trainer for CBSE and CAER.

Mr. Chhabra believes that education should be a fine balance between Academic Excellence and Whole Education. His experience in various positions such as Chairman of Games Committee, Head of Activities, and House Master has given him a hands-on and in-depth exposure towards Whole Education. He also believes that when institutions work closely with parents, students can achieve success.

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 enterprise, 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 who are 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 Bangalore.

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).

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 of 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 Bangalore.