Lt. General (Retired) Arjun Ray
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.
Dr. Namita Agrawal
Dr. Namita Agrawal, a passionate educator with a flair for mentoring and coaching, an IB Senior Examiner and an effective administrator, sees a career spanning over 27 years. Armed with a B Ed, M Sc and a PhD in Mathematics, she is an Alumnus of National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NIT). She has evolved as a leader and administrator in the education industry through roles of increasing responsibility. She started her career as a Mathematics lecturer and then moved to the International curriculum in the year 2000. She was the CAIE Coordinator at Bangalore International School and Ahmedabad International School and later took over as the Extended Essay, TOK and DP Coordinator at Pathways World School Aravali ,Gurgaon. She was India’s sole representative to IB World Student Conference 2018, Hong Kong University as a ‘Global Action Team Leader’ where she guided student groups from various International Schools around the world in designing CAS Projects on the theme “Education for All: Moving Towards a Gender-Fair World”. Her projects were awarded as the “Best Project” and “Most Innovative Project” of the year.
Her vision is to create a dynamic and holistic educational environment at school to nurture a community of compassionate, respectful, responsible and openminded citizens. She strongly believes that schools must provide opportunities to shape these young learners into balanced , confident leaders who are innovative and equipped with the right set of T-skills in order to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs prepared for any future challenges, in an increasingly digital and VUCA world.
A thorough professional with rich, in-depth and extensive experience in the educational arena, a leader with deep-rooted values and ethics, n admirable sense of social responsibility and progressive in thought- Dr. Namita Agrawal will carry on the Indus legacy.
Head of School – IB Diploma Programme
Ms Chitra Jeyakumar has extensive experience in teaching and has held headed the English and Theory of Knowledge Departments at Indus. She brings to this profession the experience in freelance writing and always takes the opportunity in schools to impart the pleasures of both writing and debating. She believes that teaching is the greatest act of optimism and keeps one close to young people who, with their immense creativity and enthusiasm will be shaping the future. As the Head of School, her focus is always on the pursuit of excellence, be it in terms of academic rigour or whole education.
Ms. Harsimran Kapany
Head of School – IB Middle Year Programme
Ms Harsimran Kaur Kapany has a diverse portfolio with a rich experience having worked in different roles in the field of education. She joined Indus as a PYP teacher and in the last 11 years of working at Indus, has worked in all programmes- the PYP, MYP and DP. She has also served as the Director Curriculum before shifting to Indus Pune as Head of Academics and now as the Head of The Middle Years Programme. Ms Kapany is passionate about creating inclusive and nurturing school communities. She believes every child is capable of learning at high levels and has the right to feel safe, happy, and empowered in their academic pursuit.
Head of University Placements
As a Mundus scholar, Ms Elif Turel studied both in France and Sweden and obtained her double master degree in “European Studies” from University of Strasbourg and Uppsala University. Ms Turel's passion for international education along with a strong desire for success helped her build up her career as a university and career counsellor. For more than five years, she has been guiding students and their parents for a successful transition from high school to university.
Ms Turel’s education philosophy is based on the fact that every student’s journey is unique. Therefore, she thinks that personalised guidance becomes significant in university counselling and guidance process and should begin in the middle school. Ms Turel and her team have seen much success in guiding students’ right from their subject choices in the MYP through the Diploma Programme. Further, they have conducted University fairs and visits (Indian and International Universities/Colleges), guided students in building their portfolios, helping them on their college applications (including scholarships) and working closely with Indus families in ensuring our students find the right University to continue with their academic pursuit.
Capt Rajiv Bali
Capt Rajiv Bali served in the Armed Forces for 6 years and was part of the Artillery Regiment. After his stint with the Army, he joined the corporate sector and worked with big firms like Amazon and Jones Lang LaSalle. He has been associated with the Indus Family for 3 years now.
As Director Pastoral Care and Sports, he oversees a vibrant boarding and sports programme at the school which focusses on the holistic development of every child who studies at school.
Head of School – IB Primary Year Programme
Ms Puja Gover has over 16 years of extensive work experience in the field of primary education and is a strong advocate in the concept of experiential learning and the need for holistic development of every child in their formative years.
During her tenure in different IB schools across the country, she has developed and provided an enriching experience to children in the field of international curriculum. Mr Grover’s experience now sees her running staff development workshops on various aspects relating to the PYP. She has also effectively collaborated with her team and led them to a successful five year IB evaluation report at Indus International School, Pune.