Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)
PVSM, VSMChief 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.
ILt. 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 Vishisht 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 for schools in India continue to innovate, drive, and go where others used to follow.
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The teachers at IICS are drawn from the same communities as the students. This not only helps in the development of the community, but enables them to understand and mentor students at home, provide after-school support, and conduct adult literacy programmes in their respective villages.
Teachers are a mix of graduates, post-graduates and Senior School Certificate holders school (passed 12th grade). Potential teachers undergo a rigorous 9-month training programme at the Indus Training and Research Institute.
While the teachers for the primary classes will be "integrated teachers" who will teach all subjects, the senior class teachers will be master teachers. Master teachers will be subject experts responsible for overall guidance, capacity building and development of curriculum.
Ms. Navita Kishan
Head of Centre – PYP and Head of Indus Early Centers Bangalore
Navita Kishan’s philosophy of education centres on the belief that schools should harvest students' curiosity and provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. She is always striving to make the classroom a stimulating and provocative experience where the individual’s point of view, supported by knowledge, skill, reflection and understanding is both valued and made useful. She believes that teaching with clarity, passion, empathy and sincere enthusiasm effectively impacts learners, ultimately connecting them to their ‘passion’ and lifelong learning.
Ms. Kishan has been in the teaching profession for the past 15 years and holds a degree in Science from Bangalore University. She is a trained International Baccalaureate PYP Workshop Leader and has applied International best practices in teaching and learning at Indus International School since 2005.
Mrs. Sujayalakshmi Sheshu
Principal of Indus International Community School, Bangalore
Mrs. Sujayalakshmi Sheshu, Principal, Indus International Community School (IICS) Bangalore is a graduate in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Education. She has teaching experience of over 30 years covering the IB (PYP, MYP), IGCSE, State Syllabus, CBSE, and ICSE. She is trained in the IB programme (MYP) and also has teaching experience of nine years in this curriculum.
Her active roles at Indus International School, Bangalore (IISB) include MSP coordinator, MSP-CAS coordinator, a mentor to ITARI, Activity Coordinator, and teaching Maths for MSP grades. In all these roles, she has contributed significantly in streamlining the systems, procedures, documentation, curriculum and effective utilisation of resources. As the Activities Coordinator, she assisted in the concept of the Junior Achievement Programme for the all-round development of the students. She is a strict disciplinarian, caring administrator and capable of handling complex issues with ease. She has excellent leadership qualities, a positive attitude and collaborative approach and believes in Team Work. She maintains a good rapport with the students, teachers, staff, parents and school authorities. She has a keen eye for details and constantly strives for perfection in all her activities.
Mrs. Sujayalakshmi Sheshu has been instrumental in turning around IICS, by changing the attitude and approach of the teachers, students and staff, reorganising the classes, defining teacher responsibilities, planning the curriculum, introduction of Daily Lesson Plans (DLPs), walkthroughs for teachers, and teacher development. In addition, she has introduced PE periods for all grades to give importance to Sports, and induce the participation of students in competitions and Science Olympiads, introduced Fast Track for Grade 9 students and Support for Grade 10 students through specific teachers to mentor, support and monitor their students' performance. She regularly interacts with the parents, to keep them abreast with their children’s progress. Further, she has also streamlined the documentation and records of IICS, with respect to admissions, teacher data, computerised report cards, attendance and has introduced monthly awards for best attendance and punctuality.
To summarise, she aims to ensure the holistic development of her students towards enriching their quality of life. She believes in setting high standards for academic achievement, intellectual growth, ethical awareness and behaviour, sportsmanship and the other good qualities of IICS students.
Mr. Sushil Mantri
Mr. Sushil Mantri, the Chairman and 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 made the transition from entrepreneur to industry trendsetter and leads his enterprises from the front. Mr. Mantri motivates and advises his committed team on all matters concerning governance, infrastructure, business development and budgeting.
Dr. Kumar Malavalli
Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist and visionary in the field of storage networks. He is the co-author and the driving force behind Fibre Channel, an evolutionary technology that enabled the development of production-class storage area networks (SAN's) and a multi-billion dollar market segment. In 1995, he co-founded Brocade Communications, a leading provider of storage area networking infrastructure, and served as its CTO for many years. Currently, Kumar is the CEO of InMage Systems, a data protection company which he co-founded, and he is currently Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Malavalli is the first Indian to be inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.
As a trustee, he contributes significantly in promoting the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Wellness philosophy of the school.
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 the State of Karnataka. He has a strong vision and clear goals for his group of companies which include Orchid Greens, Orchid Suites, Indra Hotels, Gemini Distilleries, etc. He is an active member and trustee of several associations and clubs, malls and commercial complexes. He is responsible for the strategic and financial planning of the School.
Professor Shivram Malavalli
Chairman - Indian Institute of Production Engineers; Senior Advisor - World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, and General Secretary - Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks Association, Prof. Malavalli guides all the ICT and Telecommunication initiatives of the School.
Prof. Malavalli was recently honored in China for his contribution towards the growth of small and medium enterprises – both in India and abroad, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME).