Mr. H.B. Jairaj
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 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 Hyderabad.
Dr. Kumar Malavalli
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 Hyderabad.
Professor Shivram Malavalli
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 Hyderabad, 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
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 company, 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 the less privileged. His initiatives also include improving aesthetics of public properties.
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 is deep-rooted with a 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 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. 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 inculcating the teacher 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.
Under his leadership, thirteen institutions including the three IB Schools, Indus Altum International School affiliated to Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), the School of Leadership, the Indus Training and Research Institute, Start-up you school, Five Early Learning Centres, and the International Community School, which is the world’s first equal opportunity school have been set up.
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 Leaderin education. 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, 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
Ms. Aparna Achanta
Aparna Achanta has been with the Indus Schools for the past twelve years, before taking the mantle of Principal, Indus International School, Hyderabad (IISH) in March 2021. She strongly believes in Indus ethos and philosophy of innovation as the route to make students life-entrepreneurs. She has eighteen years of experience with the IB curriculum.
Her teaching idea is centred around the belief that the student should be the only focus in the classroom. This enables personalized learning and development of the child. While she was leading the IB Diploma Program, it had been her endeavour to build character and values in students rather than have them concentrate entirely on grades.
Her belief has been further honed by participating in leadership retreats conducted at for Bangalore teacher development. As the students step into a world where knowledge rapidly becomes obsolete, what they become due to the knowledge gained is more important than the knowledge about or knowledge to do. This fine understanding of the purpose of education is achieved only when the teacher dons the additional hat of a mentor and addresses the issue of heart and mind rather than the head only and inspires her students to become self-directed learners.
As the Head of the IB Diploma Programme with twelve years of diploma experience under her belt, she delivered the IB program in its true philosophy. Her belief stems from the fact that all students have varied intelligence foci which require to be identified and explored. The nature of knowledge and the underlying concepts of each discipline can be better taught through a transdisciplinary approach as it will help the students to develop an understanding of the big picture.
Previously, having been a research scholar in the field of biochemistry and, later, an executive with Google India Pvt Ltd, she has an enviable exposure to research and corporate life besides teaching. She is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Educational Leadership from University of Bath, UK. This has helped her to bring diverse ideas to the table and look at the industrial readiness of students in this VUCA world. One of her strengths has been to sensitise students to the effects of climate collapse and motivate them to look at innovative ways to reconnect with nature and focus on measures to preserve biodiversity on the planet. Additionally, she has been able to design and develop an innovative curriculum to mould the students into lifelong learners with an innovative mindset and make them future ready.
Ms. Kiran Kaza
Ms Kiran is a graduate in science, with specialization in areas of ‘Child development’, Methods of Early Childhood Education and child care. She has been associated with Pre schools for over 24 years, and was involved in teaching, administration and teacher training, and was recognized for her teaching proficiency. She played a vital role in extending support to children and parents, in imparting quality services in the field of pre- primary education. She believes that children are the future, and that their primary education plays a major role in moulding and preparing them to take on the hurdles they will face. Therefore, the principles that she has incorporated into her work, are in accordance with this belief.