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Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)

PVSM, VSM, CEO/MD, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.) has wide-ranging experience in matters of defence and conflict management, but he also has a deep-rooted passion for 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 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 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. A dynamic leader, his imminent foresight and intellect, 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 the firm belief that the purpose of education in the 21st century is to prepare the child for life; and that teachers must facilitating 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 and more which equips them to design their own future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous), vision that sets the bar amongst the top International Schools in India. 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 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 Dairy: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.

Lt. General Arjun Ray has been awarded the Education Today Life Time Achievement Award 2018 for his incredible contribution in the field of education. He is an exemplary learner, teacher and leader with a vision and strategies to bring innovation in education.   

For more information on General Ray, you may please visit: www.generalarjunray.com

Ayesha Baig

Director

Ayesha is a gifted Preschool Educationist with 24 years of rich experience in this field. She endeavors to create passionate early childhood teachers who can facilitate in transforming children into lifelong learners, thinkers and problem solvers through joyful learning experiences.

Prior to Altum, Ayesha has worked for leading Preschools and Schools in Mumbai, Gujarat & Goa in different capacities. As a teacher trainer, she headed a leading teacher training institute in Mumbai and was adjunct faculty at Asian International College, Singapore’s Indian venture. As part of Early Childhood Association (ECA), she has conducted several training programs, seminars and workshops for Heads, Principals, School Teachers, Anganwadi Teachers & NGOs. Presently, she heads the Karnataka Territory of the association.

Ayesha has a Master’s Degree in Education & Education Management. She has completed her International Certificate in Education – Preschool Teaching (ICEPT) from Asian International College (AIC), Singapore and also has a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) from Mumbai University.

Ms. Anjalika Sharma

Head of School – PYP & Head of Indus Altum Early Learning Center, Belgaum

Anjalika Sharma has twenty-two years of experience in the field of education. She started her career in teaching by returning to her Alma Mater, St. Thomas’ Girls’ School, Kolkata in 1995. She worked at Pathways School, Aravalli and later in Assam Valley School, Tezpur. Anjalika worked as a PYP coordinator at Scottish High International School, Gurgaon and Navrachana International School, Vadodara. She worked as a PYP coordinator as well as PYP Principal at Sreenidhi International School, Hyderabad.

Anjalika has a post-graduate degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and a bachelor’s degree from Presidency College, Kolkata.

Alongside these school experiences, Anjalika has carried out extensive work in her roles as IB workshop leader, IB online workshop leader and programme field representative, as well as a consultant for new IB schools and school visits’ team leader for school authorization. Anjalika believes that students should be given opportunities to be "solutionaries!" They should be encouraged to collaborate, share perspectives, construct their understanding, design solutions and take responsibility for their actions. Students should be encouraged to look at challenges and adversities as opportunities to learn from, reflect upon and grow after experiencing it.

Ms. Nuwaira Pasha

Principal of IAELC, Rani Chennamma Nagar

"“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."

"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 had 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 firm believer in early intervention and following a comprehensive approach ensuring every child is given an equal opportunity to develop themselves.

Mr. 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. 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.

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, 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 centers 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 rather significant and make Indus one of the top international schools in Bangalore.

Professor Shivram Malavalli

Trustee

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 towards the growth of small & medium enterprises – both in India and abroad, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME) in China.

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 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 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 those that cater to less privileged. His initiatives also include improving aesthetics of public properties.