"Greater energy and greater passion are more extraordinary than greater genius"
Lt. General (Retired) Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM
Chief Executive, Indus Trust
A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience
in war, conflict management, and social transformation of those who have been alienated.
As CEO of the Indus Trust, he provides the vision and strategic direction to all
Indus International Schools and institutions. He is responsible for long-term perspective
planning, leadership training, teacher development programmes, integrating parents,
children and community, and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities.
Lt. General Arjun Ray is a graduate from the prestigious Staff College at Camberlay,
UK, and served as the country's Deputy Military Advisor in London.
In 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 has been nationally and internationally acclaimed. As part
of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 Sadbhavana schools,
11 Women's Empowerment Centres, and 60 Adult Education Centres for non-literate
women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He provided free education
and pastoral care in Bangalore colleges to 125 Ladakhi girls.
In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the
Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest award 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.
In his second calling – international school education – he has set
up three International Baccalaureate Schools, the Leadership School, the Indus Training
and Research institute, and the world’s first Equal Opportunity School
for children living below the poverty line. The latter is in sync with his belief
that schools must have a social objective; they cannot just be centres of academic
excellence. IB World has acclaimed the General as one of the six IB World School
Leaders on rethinking education, especially by making high quality education affordable
to the poor. Education World has also named him as one of the 50 game-changers in
education in India.
The General has three interests – reading, writing, and speaking on leadership
themes. His first book, Kashmir Diary - The Psychology of Militancy,
is a purple primer in understanding the mind and motivation of a terrorist. The
second book, Peace Is Everybody Business: Strategy for Conflict
Prevention, is a treatise in conflict-prevention, and
has been published by SAGE Publications. The book is inspired by authors’
success in bringing lasting peace in Ladakh.
An exemplary learner-teacher-leader, General Ray’s vision and strategies continue
to improve, drive and go where others used to follow.
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