From the CEO/MD’s desk
Lt. General (Retired) Arjun Ray (PVSM, VSM) Founder CEO & MD
I am certain you are aware of the Startup School that is running in parallel with the main schools. The first session which was experimental will be closing by end-May. Those who join this programme, which is primarily experiential and involves about 4 hours a week only, is in addition to their IB curriculum. Apart from a select faculty, the students are mentored by parent-mentors from each school. They are successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
The experiment has been hugely successful. In particular, the academic performance of the students has improved. This is attributed to the skill sets to organise and prioritise one’s work, in addition to the habit of self-directed learning.
Our students are doing well. A boy from grade 9 in Indus Pune has been felicitated by a person no less than Ratan Tata, for his contribution to the Earth. A young girl student from Indus Bangalore has been invited by the Silicon Valley’s most prestigious event - TiE Con 21, to address 10,000 entrepreneurs on her journey of innovation and entrepreneurship. There are many others, and space does not permit me to include them.
There are three direct implications for those who will graduate from Indus and the Startup School: (1) Improved academic performance; (2) coveted placement choices in Ivy League colleges and universities; and (3) the option of starting a business immediately after school. I would like parents to encourage their children to take advantage of this great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
With warm regards,
Testimony for IELC cannot be expressed in words. It gives us, as parents, immense satisfaction about the decision which we took in 2019. There is a perfect alignment between the values we as parents want to infuse in Amaira and what the “Gurus”(Teachers) of the school are focussing on. They are building not just “Leaders of Tomorrow” but also “Citizens of Today”. IELC always has great activities that continue to inspire children and their parents. Amaira loves her nurturing teachers, who encourage her to grow and also have fun with her. Their focus is on instilling positive values and compassion in the students. The atmosphere and learning environment are optimal for all young children. All of the students receive individual attention. The children’s and parents’ needs are addressed, and the staff takes a special interest in kids. We can be at ease when Amaira is at school knowing she is cared for, safe, and in a place that facilitates her future success.
PROUD PARENTS OF AMAIRA (PREP 2)
Bhavneet and Puneet
Wilhelm joined IELC in Pre-Nursery when he was 1 year and 5 months. The teachers and assistants were welcoming, and soon Wilhelm was the first one to run around in the morning at home shouting “shoes on, shoes on”, so we could go to school, even on the weekends. It was quite apparent that IELC was the right place for our little gold nugget, even though we did have some concerns about sending him this young to school. English is not his first language, but it is truly amazing to see the development of his language skills. We are convinced that at this point he knows more English than his native tongue, a true testimony of the interaction between teachers and pupils at IELC. I could also support the Cottonlengo project by teaching children with disabilities to use a computer. I believe it is a great initiative from the school to help the community.
MOTHER OF WILHELM KORSHOLM, PRE-NURSERY
The year 2019 - 2020 has been a very eventful year. My second kid started schooling at IELC Whitefield, which was the best decision we ever made. I, being a PAC member at first seemed a daunting task, but it was a seamless process with immense cooperation from teachers, support staff, parents, my fellow PAC members and most importantly Ms. Priyanka. Whatever queries, suggestions or feedback we had, they were always addressed and were always taken into consideration. They have gone out of their way to make changes in food menus, parking issues, and many other suggestions. The teachers have always had the "can do" attitude, giving special attention to each child and to his/her needs. Nursery teachers have gone out of their way to make the kids comfortable and the support of assistants has been wonderful. Being a PAC member gives you an insight and it definitely changes the perspective. Having huge support from parents of Nursery definitely made things easier. I am sure the new session will also be equally magical and fun and hoping for another fun year soon.
MOTHER OF SAMAR KATARIA, NURSERY
We are very happy that Mateo joined IELC Whitefield this year. The school’s friendly environment helped him to feel comfortable very quickly and now he is very happy to go to school. He has made great progress in English and is more confident talking in English to an audience. He has always been social and outgoing and the school has definitely helped him polish these skills in a positive way by involving him in school plays which he really enjoyed. The school also set a few goals for him for the year. Goal setting helped Mateo to overcome his fear of putting his head under the water in swimming and now he enjoys swimming.
PARENT OF MATEO GAONA MONTEILLER, PREP1
My son entered the school campus as an almost 3-year-old about 1.5 years back and today it's become like his second home! He loves his school, his teachers who go out of their way to care for every child, we are in touch with them 24x7, they are open about school's policies, procedures and they actually treat my child as one of their own! I guess Indus is the best start any child and their worried parents could ask for when it comes to academics.
A SECOND HOME FOR MY SON