Excellence in academics

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.

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 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.

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.

Dr. Namita Agrawal

Vice Principal

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.

Ms. Achla Kakria

Head of School-MYP

A passionate educator with more than 21 years of diverse experience across the Indian geography and curriculum methodologies. Working with people across different parts of the country and cultures has helped Ms Achla to build strong interpersonal skills in bringing out the best in people under her supervision.

She has been an IB external examiner for MYP (Mathematics) and Personal Project since 2017, has reviewed over 300 projects. She brings a treasure of experience to help nurture student performance and operational efficiency.

Ms Achla strongly believes that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, emotionally and intellectually. Her north star priority is to prepare students for the real world.

Ms. Puja Grover

Head of School – IB Primary Year Programme

Ms. Puja Grover 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. Ms. Puja 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.

Ajay K Tayade

Head of Career Counselling and College Placement

Mr. Ajay K Tayade is currently heading the Career Counselling and College Placement team at the Indus International School Pune. He has vast experience of more than 15 years working with high school students from some of the most reputed institutions in India (The Doon School and Gurukul India). Mr. Tayade has completed his undergraduate program in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune. It was his personal experiences in selecting college and career that inspired him to be a Career Counselor and guide students in the most critical decision of their life. Mr. Tayade has also completed his advanced certifications in College Advising from Teachers College - Columbia University and in Global Career Counseling from UCLA. Mr. Tayade believes “each student has a ‘signature strength’. We only need to spend time finding that strength”.

Mr. Tayade gratefully admires the institutions that he has worked with and believes in learning both from his colleagues as well students. Working with students with immense potential and varied academic abilities is something he enjoys most. His philosophy is to guide each student through this thoughtful journey that emphasizes reflection, discovery, and excitement. Mr. Tayade and his 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, helped them on their college applications (including scholarships), and are working closely with Indus families to ensure our students find the right University to continue with their academic pursuit.