Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)
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 children 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 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 Militancy', 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
Ms Preeti G Prabhu
Ms Preeti Prabhu has more than fourteen years of teaching experience in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme [IB-DP] and 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 medalist in Economics from Bangalore University.
With nine years of experience as a school administrator, and before being appointed as Principal, Ms Prabhu was the Head of Department (Business & Economics), 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 is to educate the head, heart and mind. 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 world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (V.U.C.A).
For Ms Prabhu, excellence is not an act but a habit and is a strong advocate of seeking regular feedback as this ensures 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 which 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 and travelling as well as spending time with her family and their four pet dogs.