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 a wide range of experiences in matters of defence and conflict management. He is also deeply rooted in 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's development programmes, innovation in education, aligning parents with 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 graduated from 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 was 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. He is a dynamic leader. His imminent foresight and intellect have 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 a firm belief that the purpose of education in the 21st century is to prepare the child for life. Teachers must facilitate a nurturing environment to unravel the potential in every child, especially in residential schools in India, which are essentially a home away from home.
He deemed this possible, by instilling in teachers and children with core leadership competencies, such as innovation, persuasive communication, critical thinking, grit and more, which equip them to design their future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). It is a vision that sets the bar high among 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 Military, helps to understand 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
Aparna Achanta has been with Indus International School since last eleven years. She has been teaching the IB Diploma Program since last fifteen years as teacher in Biology and theory of knowledge. Her teaching philosophy is focussing on competency building than grades in students and this belief has been shaped by being a part of the leadership retreats conducted in the school for teacher development. She has worked in various capacities as the Head of School, IB Diploma Coordinator and Head of the Department Biology at IISB. She had a rare mix of teaching, research and corporate experience before joining IISB. This has helped her to lead the team to design and develop an innovative curriculum which can mould the students into lifelong learners with innovative mindset and become future ready.
Head of School DP
Mrs. Uma Ravitharan started her teaching /counselling career in 2013 and has worked with high school students from selective International Schools in Sri Lanka and India. Uma Ravitharan holds a M.Phil degree in English Literature and has been working as a College Counsellor for IB students for over a decade. She has held the position of Centre Supervisor for SAT and has received written commendation from universities in US for her career guidance and support to senior students. She joined Indus in 2015 and considers it as a highly rewarding opportunity to head the College Counselling Department in an inclusive school such as Indus and is looking forward to do her very best for students.
Dr. Savita Padmanabhan
Head of School MYP
Dr. Savita Padmanabhan joined Indus International School, Bangalore in the year 2011. She has taught physics at the IGCSE and IBDP levels and also TOK in the IBDP. Since joining Indus, she has held several leadership positions including that of Head of School DP, Lead Academic Coach, and Head of the Physics Department, to name just a few. She brings with her a diverse approach to teaching and learning and a vast research experience which has seen rich dividends in the form of the performance of her students. Dr. Savita firmly believes in the vision and the core values of the school as a means to unlock the potential of her students. To this end she constantly encourages and mentors students to pursue not only academic excellence, but to also be empathetic individuals who can create a better world.
Head of Primary School- PYP
Navita Kishan’s philosophy of education centres on the belief that schools should harvest students' curiosity and provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. She is always striving to make the classroom a stimulating and thought-provoking experience where the individual’s point of view, supported by knowledge, skill, reflection, and understanding is both valued and utilised. She believes that teaching with clarity, passion, empathy, and sincere enthusiasm effectively impacts learners, ultimately connecting them to their ‘passion’ and lifelong learning. Ms Kishan has been in the teaching profession for the past 15 years and holds a degree in Science from Bangalore University. She is a trained International Baccalaureate PYP Workshop Leader and has been applying international best practices in teaching and learning at Indus International School since 2005.
Ms. Saba Husain
With an engineering degree (Computer Science) and a Cambridge University Diploma in teacher's training, Ms Saba Husain offers not only technical expertise but also an opportunity for learners to develop creative and critical thinking skills. As the IGCSE Coordinator for two years in the running, she has more than seven years of experience in teaching Mathematics across MYP, IGCSE and IBDP at Indus International School. Ms Husain’s interest in instilling 21st-century skills in her learners is cultivated through her continued engagement and involvement in facilitating Leadership Curriculum and TOK. She is also IBDP TOK Examiner. Ms Husain epitomises the core values of the school and promotes a conducive environment for learners to enhance their cognitive and emotional intelligence.
Mr. John Prem Rabindranath
Director of Administration
Mr John Prem Rabindranath joined the Indus family with a core background in counselling, special educational needs and psychology, having graduated with a Masters in Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. He has completed five years of teaching in the Diploma Programme. After having been deeply involved in the community development initiatives at Indus as a CAS coordinator, he underwent the privilege of being trained under the Principal and the CEO in the coveted role of a 'teacherpreneur.'
His rich array of experiences, coupled with his core belief in student engagement, has helped him redefine the role of an administrator. He now leads an able team that endeavours to imbibe the school's vision and ethos in themselves and in others, through innovation in administration.
Mrs. Sarojini Rao
Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore
Mrs. Sarojini Rao, Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore since July 2005, has exceptional academic credentials. She ranked first at the University of Pune in B.A Economics and holds three postgraduate degrees in Economics, Education and Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh.
Trained in all the three IB programs (PYP, MYP, and DP), Mrs. Rao is also a graduate of the Principal’s Training Centre for International School Leadership, USA.
She is the Managing Trustee of Indus International Community School, Bangalore, one of India’s best international schools that offer quality education to the underprivileged.
Mrs. Sarojini Rao has been awarded the Education Today Leaders-The Pillars in Education 2018 in the honor for displaying exemplary trait of sincerity, dedication & hard work in the field of education.
Mrs. Rao has been instrumental in planning the curriculum and inter-curricular strategy, defining academic and non-academic objectives for the school, and in training teachers. She has played a pivotal role in making Indus the yardstick for residential schools in India. Her role includes formulating the Leadership Curriculum, the Instructional Supervision and Evaluation model for the school. With specialized knowledge of the Balanced Scorecard, she has implemented standards that set challenging and exacting benchmarks, which have rendered the all-around success of Indus as a top international school, in delivering holistic education with academic rigor as the highest priority.
Under her leadership, students are geared up to take on the challenges that lay ahead as flagbearers and makers of the future. Her emphasis on holistic education (without compromising academic excellence) has been the highlight of her conviction and has resulted in Indus being ranked the best international school in India for five successive years.
The structured leadership curriculum that involves every child has instilled confidence among students and has enabled them to set realistic goals and devise plans to achieve them.
Mrs. Rao represents the core values of the school: love, empathy, discipline, and respect. This reflects in our students being sensitized to the needs of the less privileged in society, and their vigour to contribute through service. With her example, guidance, advice and ideas, Mrs. Sarojini Rao has built a strong team, and together they work to maintain the standards of the best Indian international school, bringing recognition and acclamation to Indus every day. Both, teachers and student leaders are committed to excelling in many fields of endeavour for themselves and the students which translates to passion and purpose, service and spirituality, respect for diversity and global understanding.
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 Karnataka. Mr Jairaj has guided his group of organisations 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, helping to pave our way up on the list of best schools in Bangalore.
Dr. Kumar Malavalli
Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist and a 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 centres 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 significant and they make Indus one of the top international schools of Bangalore.
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 Bangalore, with remarkable technological capability. He was honoured in China for his contribution to the growth of small and 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 for those that cater to the less privileged. His efforts also include improving the aesthetics of public properties.