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.
Lt. General (Retired) Arjun Ray (PVSM, VSM)
Founder 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
Ms. Aparna Achanta
Principal of Indus International School Hyderabad
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.
Mr. Mohamed Rizwan
A post-graduate in Mathematics and an alumnus of The American College in Madurai, Mr Rizwan has vast experience in international and Indian curriculum and has served as a senior Math facilitator for the past 20 years in India and abroad. He has taught Mathematics in a variety of curricula including IB DP, IGCSE, CBSE, ICSE & ISC. He is passionate about teaching Mathematics and has created numerous resources for his students including his own videos. He is also a qualified IB DP Mathematics Examiner.
"Excellence is what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit".
This quote, attributed to the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle, is what drives Mr Rizwan to give his best to Indus and he expects the same from his team and students. He has held leadership positions in Indus Trust and took charge as the Vice-Principal of Indus International School Hyderabad in 2015. He firmly believes in the Indus’ philosophy of education which is to prepare the students to be start-up ready. i.e. to ensure that our students acquire entrepreneurial competencies when they graduate from the school. This will enable them not just to survive but thrive in the future which will be Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous (VUCA)
Mr. Madhusoodana Sunnambala
Head of Senior School
Mr Sunnambala has a post graduate degree in Psychology with specialization in the clinical and counselling aspects of the subject. Along with this, he also holds a diploma in Human Resource Development and Neuro Economics.
His initiation into teaching began when he took up the mantle as a senior lecturer and the head of department, Psychology, for undergraduate and post graduate students in India and overseas. He then moved to teaching the IB programme.
He is an educationist, with a wealth of experience in conducting several soft skill trainings and teacher development workshops on effective teaching skills, classroom management, importance of counselling and adolescence Psychology.
There have been a number of his writings pertaining to teaching skills, dealing with emotional problems, stress management etc which have been published in print media.
He looks forward to his role as the Head of School for grades 9,10, 11 and 12 and would like to work with the students and the staff to take the overall learning experience to a an even higher level.
Head of School, PYP
Ms. Sweta holds a degree in Zoology and is a trained IB practitioner. She has attended several IB workshops on a range of subjects. Ms.Sweta has guided the PYP at IISH during the first programme evaluation in 2015 and designed action plan to further empower and improvise the programme.
In her interest to further her knowledge she has done courses in ‘Blending Learning’, ‘Deep Learning Through Transformative Pedagogy’ and ‘Design Thinking for Leading and Learning’. She has ten years of IB experience in different IB Schools, which includes her enriching experience at Indus International School Bangalore along with seven years at IISH. She joined IISH as a teacher and later became the PYP Coordinator . She believes that one excels in the field of education by learning and implementing innovative ways in the pedagogy system and adopting it to make learning experience interesting for the students. She focuses on the overall development of learners, with her prime focus being on providing a suitable learning environment that nurtures and enhances creativity and critical thinking.
Head of Boarding
A boarding school at Darjeeling was the core of my foundation years. I have had the pleasure of sharing and re-living uncountable experiences that are revived every time I am with hostelers. I have also had the pleasure to live as a boarder while completing my Mass Communication Degree from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Boarding life has played a pivotal part of my upbringing. My ability to relate with any boarder instantaneously comes from all the above experiences.
I firmly believe that one must set one’s own benchmark to ensure that they remain relevant to themselves, the institution, and the society at large.
It has also been my belief that those students who participate fully in holistic learning are best prepared to live meaningful, successful lives, and are equipped to make significant contributions to the world around them. At Indus, Hyderabad, I look forward to implementing a full and varied programme of weekend activities available to meet each boarding pupil’s individual needs. They will also be involved organizing and participating in activities, trips, and social events.
Mr Karthik Mangu takes up the appointment of the IB DP Coordinator from this session. After earning a gold medal in Masters in Pharmacology and toxicology from the prestigious National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), he made a foray into the field of education. Mr. Mangu is passionate about science, technology and teaching.
In addition to teaching Biology and ESS at Indus International School, Hyderabad, Mr. Mangu has effectively managed several roles in his 6 years at IISH. He has been the Head of the Biology and ESS department, Data Analyst, Curriculum Coordinator, CAS Coordinator, DP Associate Coordinator and MYP Coordinator. As the CAS Coordinator, he played a pivotal role in setting up the Primary School in Kondakal which was a part of the I-Care Project. In order to contribute to the Kondakal Primary School in a meaningful manner, he was instrumental in setting up a Library and an ICT Lab. An effort was also made by him to give the students in nearby community schools a unique experience by organizing a Sports Day for them at the IISH campus.
Mr. Mangu is very interested in the enhancement of the teaching-learning environment. To work towards this goal, he ensured that he attended numerous workshops organized by the IBO, that include training in Biology, CAS, EE and TOK. He is also an IB DP Examiner for ESS. Motivating the faculty and students for active participation in using data to arrive at well informed decisions has been the driving force behind his thinking. Implementing data science for effective decision making at IISH and other Indus institutions, has been a significant contribution from his side.
As a person, Mr. Mangu, strongly believes that education can be a meaningful and purposeful journey, if the head, heart and the mind are in complete synchronicity. It is only by this that the inherent potential of individuals can be unlocked and channelized effectively. As the IB DP Coordinator, it will be his endeavour to work in tandem with the vision of IISH and build an environment where students can achieve their best work. With his strong leadership skills, research acumen, talent, extensive IB training, teaching experience and boundless enthusiasm, Mr. Mangu will undoubtedly fulfil the mission of promoting excellence at IISH and beyond.
Maj Amman Maliakan
Director of Administration
Maj Amman joined IISH this academic year as the Director of Administration, after serving a ten year stint with the Indian Army. He is an alumnus of the St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, from where he graduated in the year 2006. Following his graduation he joined the Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai and was commissioned into the Indian Army in September of 2007. While in the Indian Army, he served in various challenging areas, including the inhospitable Siachen glacier. He also held the coveted position of ADC to the Chief of Army Staff.
He is a keen sportsman and has represented Delhi at various national level badminton tournaments.
Maj Amman has come on board IISH with a lot of enthusiasm and looks forward to infusing high levels of discipline, strategic vision, focus and camaraderie in his areas of responsibility.