Ms. Anjali Kudale
Head of Centre
Ms. Anjali Kudale comes with vast teaching experience in the International Baccalaureate primary years program. In a career spanning over 12 years, she has not only taught students but has also led the early years as the Curriculum Coordinator at Indus International School, Pune. She holds a degree in Art and a postgraduate degree in early years education.
Before being appointed as the Head of Center, Ms. Anjali has worked with eminent schools in the city of Pune like the Mercedes Benz International School and more recently, as the Early Years Program coordinator at Indus International School, Pune. Her strong knowledge of the IB curriculum and her belief in the benefits of experiential learning have ensured that her students receive the best possible care and education under her guidance. Being an advocate of professional and self-development, she visited Finland to study the country’s education system and implemented many valuable strategies for the early years at IISP.
Her strong belief that children learn the most at a young age has guided her professional journey and is displayed in her passion to nurture the creativity and imagination in her young students.
Ms. Anjali's goal is to raise compassionate young learners who excel in creativity and imagination; children who will be innovative and become leaders of tomorrow.
Ms. Anjali strongly believes in reverence for life. When she's not working, she is deeply involved in helping the stray animals of the city. She motivates her peers as well as her students by inculcating the right values of love and compassion in them.
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
Mr Sandeep Chhabra
Principal, Indus International School Pune
Mr Sandeep Chhabra has over 35 years of experience in the field of education. An alumnus of the Wynberg-Allen School, Mussoorie, and a post-graduate in Chemistry, he also holds a Batchelor’s degree in Education.
He started his educational career with Yadavindra Public School, Patiala as a Chemistry Educator and went on to become Head of Science faculty, House Master, Chairman of Games Committee, In charge of Activities and finally as Vice Principal. Post his stint at YPS he was instrumental in establishing two boarding schools in Dehra Dun and Chandigarh
He joined the Indus Trust Bangalore in 2013 as Director Curriculum and Teacher Development and then moved to Pune as the Principal of Indus International School. He is regularly invited to speak at various prominent educational conferences. His repertoire includes various curricula, ICSE, CBSE, CISCE, Cambridge accredited programmes – CAIE (Cambridge Assessment International Education), IBO Accredited programmes- PYP, MYP and DP.
He believes that education should be a fine balance between Academic Excellence and Whole Education. His experience in various positions such as Director Curriculum, Chairman of Games Committee, Head of Activities, House Master has given him hands on and in-depth exposure towards Whole Education. According to him, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Innovation empowers learners to develop the skills they need in order to meet the requirements of a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.