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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.

Elif Turel

Head of Guidance and College Placements

My name is Elif Turel and I will be taking the role of “Head of Guidance and College Placements” as of April 2019. I wanted to introduce myself with this letter while sharing my excitement with you all.

After graduating with BA Communications Studies along with a double degree in BA Political Science and International Relations, I received a prestigious postgraduate Mundus scholarship from the European Commission. As a Mundus scholar, I studied both in France and Sweden and obtained my double master degree in “European Studies” from University of Strasbourg and Uppsala University.

My passion for international education along with a strong desire for success helped me to build up my career as a university and career counselor. For more than five years I have been guiding students and their parents for a successful transition from high school to university. The collaborative work I have demonstrated with students and their parents yielded successful results throughout the years. University of Oxford, New York University, University College London, UCLA, University of Toronto and University of Amsterdam are among many universities which my students received acceptances.

I strongly believe that effective communication and planning are the two key elements for successful university guidance and counselling. Good communication is based on one-on- one meetings with students along with group sessions while providing parents' engagement through the process thanks to the informative sessions as well as personal meetings. It must be always remembered that every student’s journey is unique, therefore personalised guidance becomes significant in university counselling. Guidance process should start at earlier ages so that counselors have sufficient time to know the students better and encourage them to think about the university at an earlier stage. Without planning, the whole university preparation process might seem daunting, hence every student should be aware of each and every step ahead of them in order to make a clear and feasible plan. Various workshops on course selections, essays, personal statements, portfolios, interviews and resume-building should also be made available for students during this process. These supportive tools enriched with summer programs, university tours and visits are indispensable for a successful university counselling program.

I am looking forward to being a part of an outstanding guidance and university counselling team in Pune. I am sure that together with my team, we will bring light to our students’ and their families’ path to the university. I can not wait to meet you in Pune and start our beautiful journey.

Ms. Swet Anubha

Academic Coach

Ms. Swet Anubha has 3 years of teaching experience in International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and 8 years of teaching experience in IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A Level. She also has two years of corporate experience in financial services with JP Morgan as Team Lead and Quality analyst. She has taught Economics, Business Management and Accounts to secondary and higher secondary students across different boards and curriculums. She holds Bachelor’s degree in commerce and is diploma holder in finance. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

As an educator and academic coach, she believes that a commitment towards continuous self-education is one of the greatest survival strategy is to get through turbulent times and relentless learning is one of the main traits of an open mindset.

Ms. Anubha firmly believes in holistic development of her students and the importance for them to find identity, meaning and purpose in life through connections with the community and critical values such as empathy and respect. As an academic coach, she will strive focus on competency building and skill development. She believes that her role is not just to prepare students to get great academic scores or successfully gain admission into the best universities, but intend to prepare students for life.

Jeshmi K. B.

Academic Coach

Ms. Jeshmi K.B sees education as a transformational experience to unlock one’s potential. She believes that every child is born with potential, and with the right guidance, can be nurtured to become leaders of tomorrow. Apart from being the Christ University Alumni, she has also completed a certificate course in Astrophysics from Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. Her journey with Indus International School began as a student at The Indus Training and Research Institute, pursuing the Post Graduate Certificate in International Education. She then worked with us as Physics facilitator and has taught MSP, IB MYP and the IGCSE curriculum. As a Teacherpreneur, she was under the mentorship of the CEO Lt. Gen Arjun Ray and Principal of Indus International School Bangalore, Mrs. Sarojini Rao. During this 2 year term, she underwent training in building leadership competencies and various aspects of educational leadership such as Vision alignment, Deep reading, Goal setting and Design thinking.

Ms. Jeshmi is currently pursuing her Masters in International Education from the University of Bath, UK. As an academic coach at IISP she is working towards building the culture of innovation through academic rigour and mentoring. She ensures that every action she takes is a step towards institutionalising the Indus legacy of strong faculty, innovation and leadership. Ms. Jeshmi believes in learning as a way of life and hopes to bring this experience to create lifelong learners at Indus.

Alok Mohite

Academic Coach

Being a passionate educator, Mr. Alok Mohite began his teaching career right after his graduation in 2007. He has a Masters in English Literature specializing in American Literature from the University of Mumbai. Over the past 11 years, he has taught across various boards: HSC, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, American Common Core and now finally the IBDP & MYP curriculum. This experience has given him an insight into the different teaching learning pedagogies and methodologies along-with the different assessment criteria as well as whole education involved in nurturing of the leaders of tomorrow.

Mr. Mohite believes that ‘Inspiring a child to learn leads to effective learning and without it, the entire process of educating the child would be futile’. Inspiration and relevance play an important role in creating strong and mindful leaders. As an academic coach, he is a mentor not only for the students, but for the teachers as well, operating through uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity of the VUCA to unlock their potential. Making and implementing plans for academic progress as well as comprehending the learning concerns of the students, Mr. Mohite contributes in improving the academic rigour at school through individual regular mentoring, goal setting and feedback, to gain mastery in the different subjects. This will help students to stay focused on the goal and having a sense of belonging which in-turn will bring about discipline, habits of excellence and academic rigour.

Capt. Rahul Bharti

Director of Administration

Winner of the coveted “Sword of Honour” and the “President's Gold Medal” from the Military Academy, Capt. Rahul Bharti has served the Indian Armed Force with extensive experience in Team Management, Training and Development, Operations, Logistics, General Administration and Security.

He has worked with Mahindra Special Services Group as a Senior Security Consultant and provided consultancy services on corporate risk and homeland security. He has also handled projects on Physical Security Engineering, Risk Assessment, Risk Mitigation, Asset Protection, Crisis Management and Change Management.

Puja Grover

PYP – Head of school

Puja has over 16 years of extensive work experience in the field of primary education with a passion for teaching young ones between the age group of 4 to 11 years. A great believer in the concept of experiential learning as a strong foundation for children in their formative years she has been extensively involved in the IB – PYP curriculum for 11 years. During her stints in IB schools like Pathways, Indus International School and Niraj international school she has developed and provided an enriching experience to children in the field of international curriculum and she is now even more strongly positioned to contribute to teaching and developing life skills in children. Puja was a part of the core team during the authorization process at Pathways school. She has also effectively acquired the five year Evaluation report from the IB where she involved the complete PYP staff for the self-study process at Indus International School, Pune.

As an IB facilitator she possesses strong organizational, educational and administrative skills to make a positive contribution towards institution on an international platform. Her belief in inquiry based facilitating and leading skills make her an exceptional candidate for leading workshops on various aspects related to the PYP. Puja has proven her abilities by offering personalized support and ensuring that all learners with unique needs and goals are offered individualized educational and enrichment support programmes.

She is hardworking and a self-motivated educator, with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Her goal is to create and cultivate a culture of collaboration within the school community.

Ms Preeti G Prabhu

Principal

Ms Preeti Prabhu has twelve years of teaching experience in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme [IB-DP] and fourteen years in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education [IGCSE]. She taught Economics and Business Management. She has a post-graduate degree in Financial and Business Economics from England and is also a gold medallist in Economics from Bangalore University.

Before being appointed as a Principal, Ms Prabhu has been the Head of Department, IGCSE Programme Coordinator, Head of Middle School [Grades VI-X] and more recently, the Vice Principal at Indus International School Bangalore.

Ms Prabhu believes that the purpose of education is to educate the head, heart and mind of every student. It should guide them to become lifelong learners and give meaning to their lives. She works with her team to unlock the potential of every student which will help them succeed in a VUCA world. For Ms Prabhu, excellence is not an act but a habit. Its development results in continuous improvement in all aspects of school life. She believes in the concept of being a ‘warm demander’- setting high expectations while providing a nurturing, structured and enriched environment that supports students in achieving these expectations. Ms Prabhu also believes that parents and guardians are important partners in every child’s education. The keys to an effective school-parent partnership are trust, respect and responsibility.

When she's not working, she enjoys reading, photography, backpacking across different parts of the country, spending time with her family and their three pet dogs.

Mr. Sushil Mantri

Trustee

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.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

H. B. Jairaj

Trustee

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.