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Mr. H. B. Jairaj

Trustee

Mr. H. B. Jairaj, the Chairman of HRB Group of companies is a renowned prominent industrialist from Karnataka. He has guided his group of organizations into successful ventures across diverse enterprises. 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 Hyderabad.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli

Trustee

Dr. Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist and a visionary in the field of storage networks. Trustee to Indus International Schools, he has been instrumental in promoting the entrepreneurship curriculum and wellness philosophy of the school are significant.

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.

Professor. Shivram Malavalli

Trustee

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 now also guides all of the ICT and Telecommunication initiatives at Indus international school.

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

Trustee

Mr. Sushil Mantri, Chairman & Managing Director of Mantri Developers Private Limited has transitioned from being an entrepreneur and visionary to an industry trendsetter. Widely known for his social outreach to the underprivileged, his efforts also include improving the aesthetics of public properties. In the world of realty, housing and construction, his accomplishments are well known.

Mr. Mantri motivates and advises his committed team on all matters concerning governance, infrastructure, business development & budgeting.

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LT. GENERAL ARJUN RAY, PVSM, VSM (RETD.)

Founder MD & CEO, 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. Deeply committed to social transformation, he is also 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, teachers' development programmes, innovation in education, aligning parents with children and community and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities. Under his leadership, Indus International has become a premier institution in Hyderabad.

General Ray graduated from the prestigious Staff College at Camberley, UK and served as India’s Deputy Military Advisor in London. On his last assignment prior to retirement, 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.

Prior to building and leading 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 Hyderabad colleges.

General Ray was awarded the Param Vishisht 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. A dynamic leader, his foresight and intellect has led him to mould Indus into a stellar educational institution and a top-ranked international school in Hyderabad.

In his second calling – International school education – he is of the 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 draw out the potential in every child, especially in residential schools in India, which are a home away from home.

He deemed this possible by instilling in teachers and students core leadership competencies such as innovation, persuasive communication, critical thinking, grit and more. This equips 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 world’s top International Schools.

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 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 Hyderabad 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 next generation learners.

General Ray 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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for his highly acclaimed 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

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Ms. Farida Fraz

Principal of Indus International School Hyderabad

Ms. Farida Fraz has been associated with Indus for over six years. She has served in the field of education for more than eleven years with the sole aim to pursue her call in transforming education. As a qualified engineer, she did a brief stint working in the IT services as a Quality Assurance engineer. Her experience also includes teaching AS and A level Mathematics to students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

At Indus, she has served in various capacities. From being the Mathematics facilitator for IGCSE, MYP and DP, Head of the department for Mathematics, DP Associate Coordinator to the last position being that of a DP Coordinator.

Ms. Farida is also an IB examiner for Math AA HL Paper 3 and Mathematics Internal Assessment. She prides herself on being meticulous and able to do good energy management. She enjoys the company of children and connects with students of all ages extremely well.

She believes that the purpose of education at Indus is focused on social, academic, cultural and intellectual development. This aids in ensuring that the students grow up to be more engaged citizens. She has a strong vision of commitment to high standards and with that, would like to achieve success for all her students.

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Ms. Swetha Kothapalli

Vice Principal

With a Computer Science engineering background, she chose to go into teaching from the inception of her career. She has been in this profession now for over fifteen years. Her journey started with teaching the ‘early years’ and then on to PYP and MYP. Having successfully started the STEAM department here at Indus, she then moved on to become the MYP Coordinator.

She is excited about her new role here as the Vice Principal and will be looking at her strong interpersonal connect with all stakeholders, organisational abilities and resilience to achieve all that she aspires for the school. She firmly believes that each child is unique and with the right guidance by the teacher brings out with the best in him or her.

By mentoring the students she would like to achieve the purpose of education which is to make them responsible members of their community.

Mr. Vivek Mandal

Head of Senior School

Mr Vivek comes with a combined experience of over 12 years in Education, Business Planning and Strategy, he concludes that there are multifaceted factors governing the dynamics of the global economy and therefore no professional responsibility should be considered in seclusion. He is a thinker and philosopher at heart and an educator & solution provider by profession.

A graduate in Physics and Master in Business Administration (PGDM), he has taught multiple subjects under DP like, Physics, Economics, Business Management and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) over the years after receiving formal IB training for the same.

He is experienced in setting up organizational systems and processes and was an Internal auditor of ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 27001:2005 during his corporate tenure. He has also been a member of the curriculum development team of CBSE for ‘Design Thinking’ and has worked towards developing the assessment model for the senior secondary level. He is fond of writing research papers focusing on social innovation and change and has participated in various seminars and conferences in India and abroad pertaining to the field of education.

Mr Vivek’s vision and mission align with that of Indus School. He advocates the philosophy of ‘life entrepreneur’ and intends to achieve the same for students through a balance of academic rigour and personal growth. His experience with the programme and in creating a positive and supportive environment with all members of the school community makes him eminently suitable to Head the Programme at Indus.

Mr Vivek firmly believes that the overall development of the students must be routed through developing their Meta-cognitive skills which would further enable them to become life-long learners.

Ms. Priyanka Bakshi

Head of MYP (6 to 8)

Ms. Priyanka Bakshi is a believer in education that develops international mindedness; education that inculcates values, skills and personal qualities to thrive in a world of relentless change; and education that prepares us all for an era of greater need and urgency.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters in Economics. She has taught various curriculums in different countries for the past 22 years around the world. She believes that teachers’ focus should be to develop the core competencies and specific skills of the learners alongside content and conceptual understanding. Teachers also grow along with the students.

A life-long learner herself, she continued to upgrade her skills and knowledge even during the pandemic lockdown by completing courses of studies online on Data wise – Collaborative Process of Improving Learning and Teaching offered by Harvard University, 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Stanford Graduate School of Education and Child Protection for Teachers from the Queensland University of Technology.

Recently she accomplished Executive Management Programme in Education Leadership from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

In these changing times, the teaching and learning process should be continuous and well accelerated. Her focus has always been to improve, not prove, to develop the student’s overall abilities (holistic) and not just any single ability. Challenging assessments and constant feedback is pertinent. Collaborative learning enables engagement of the whole student.

Ms. Priyanka Bakshi strongly holds the view that every child is special regardless of their background, abilities, and needs. They must be appreciated for who they are and the potential they possess. As teachers, maximising the available resources, it is our responsibility to provide them with a wide range of opportunities to learn, exercise leadership, innovate, be creative and encourage them to take on new challenges. We must be able to hone their confidence and maximise their potential. She believes that it is the responsibility of all the stakeholders to instil in them a sense of possibilities when faced with uncertainties as we prepare them to be socially responsible and global minded.

With the right intention, a clear heart and compassion for life around goals can be achieved.

Ms. Surbhi Yadav

Head of School, PYP

Ms. Surbhi has worked in education for twenty years, sixteen of which were spent in the  International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme. Her  primary expertise lies in fostering student development, curriculum planning and implementation along with teacher training.

Her expertise is in global collaboration to enhance student learning experiences was recognized by the British Council. She is voracious reader and an active member in the Mindvalley association, which is one of the biggest platforms for personal development worldwide.

She envisions, IISH as a center of excellence with a primary focus on academic excellence and educational innovation. Through a strong emphasis on the development of values, skills, and learning opportunities that are engaging, significant, challenging, and pertinent, the goal is to cultivate global citizens.

Mr. Achal Kumar

Head of College Placements

Mr. Achal has 11 years of experience counseling students for their college applications. He worked at Indus from 2018 to 2022 and has helped many students secure admissions to their desired colleges. Mr. Achal is a highly skilled counselor with exceptional management, communication, and leadership skills. He believes in providing personalized guidance to each student and working closely with them to understand their aspirations, interests, and strengths.

With a Master's degree in English Literature and a Bachelor's in education, Mr. Achal is well-suited for the education industry. Additionally, his diverse professional experience in banking, corporate training in the hotel industry, administration at an educational institute, and as an IB facilitator for the English Language has given him a range of skills that he will use to guide our students through the college application process.

Mr. Achal also understands the importance of developing critical life skills in students, such as time management, leadership, and effective communication, which are essential for success in college and beyond.

Major Raja Murad (R)

Director of Administration

A highly motivated, experienced, and accomplished Indian Army Officer with 12 years of qualitative and trend-setting work experience. Proven abilities in dealing with Challenging Situations while executing Plans.

Apart from being a Class I Gazetted Officer, he is also a trained Pilot in Remotely Piloted Aircraft by Israel Aerospace Industries, Israel. He is also a qualified Instructor Pilot in Drones and a certified Satellite imagery analyst from NTRO & ARC (R&AW).

Major Raja Murad graduated from Banaras Hindu University, LLB from (CLC), University Of Delhi, and did his Masters and MBA (HR). He also possesses seven other postgraduate diplomas and recently did an EPBM degree from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi.

Dr. Pooja Lather

Head of Boarding

Dr. Pooja Lather is an enterprising leader, a human resource professional & a school administrator with exceptional communication skills and organizational capabilities. She brings with her more than fifteen years of rich experience in administration & management and this includes more than seven years of fruitful and enriching experience in school administration and management. She has done this in the capacity of International Director & Administrator at GD Goenka Group of Schools and Pastoral Care Head at Ecole Globale International Girls School, Dehradun. These positions involved her conducting and organising international educational exchange programs/ collaborations & recreational trips for students to the USA, UK (Cambridge) and Europe.

She holds the unique credit of two professional bachelor's degrees viz., Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery and Bachelor of Law (Legum Baccalaureus). She has also done her PG Dip in Human Resource Development from LBSIMT and Master of Laws (LLM (Corporate & Commercial Law)) attaining a Silver Medal from ICFAI University. She is a qualified Independent Director (IICA, Min of Corporate Affairs) and also possesses an astronaut training experience at Kennedy Space Centre (NASA), USA.

Hailing from an army background, she brings with her the ethics and enriching moral values of the 'olive green'. Her motivational talks with empathy, pleasing personality, healing smile and loving passion for children imbibe self-discipline amongst the boarders. She believes in freedom earned through self-discipline vis a vis imposed discipline.