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Mr. 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 organizations into successful ventures across diverse enterprises. His group’s various interests include real estate, hotels/serviced apartments, restaurants, and healthcare facilities. At Indus, he is at the helm of strategic and financial planning, paving our way up on the list of best schools in Bangalore.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli


Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist, and 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. His contributions towards promoting the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Wellness Philosophy of the school are rather significant and have been instrumental in making Indus one of the top international schools in Bangalore.

Professor Shivram Malavalli


Prof. Shivram Malavalli 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. He 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 for his contribution towards the growth of small & 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, and budgeting. His social initiatives reach out to schools in India, especially those that cater to the less privileged.

Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)

CEO/MD, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.), has wide-ranging experience in matters of defence and conflict management. But he also has a deep-rooted passion for 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 development programmes, innovation in education, aligning parents, children, and community, and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities. Under his leadership, Indus International became a premier institution, and one of the top international schools in Bangalore.

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. With his radical vision, Indus International has become an example for schools in Bangalore, and throughout the country.

For more information on General Ray, you may please visit  www.generalarjunray.com

Mrs. Sarojini Rao

Principal, Indus International School, Bangalore

Mrs. Sarojini Rao, Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore, since July 2005, has excellent academic credentials. She is the Managing Trustee of Indus International Community School, Bangalore, one of India’s best international schools that offer quality education to the underprivileged.

Mrs. Rao has been instrumental in planning the curriculum and inter-curricular strategy, defining academic and non-academic objectives for the school, and in training teachers. She has played a pivotal role in making Indus the yardstick for residential schools in India. Her role includes formulating the Leadership Curriculum, the Instructional Supervision and Evaluation model for the school. Her emphasis on holistic education (without compromising academic excellence) has been the highlight of her conviction and has resulted in Indus being ranked the best international school in India for five successive years. Mrs. Rao represents the core values of the school: love, empathy, discipline, and respect.

Dr. Mala Palani

Director, and Faculty

Dr Mala Palani directs and teaches on all programmes at ITARI. She is a senior teacher educator with over two decades of deep experience in international contexts in education research and teacher education. She is a Fulbright and a Hornby scholar. Her books for school education and teacher education are used widely.

Research Interests:

Learning processes | Human-technology collaboration in personalising learning | Reflective practice

Dr.Sumanjari S

Dr.Sumanjari S is a Faculty at ITARI who specializes in the areas of academic strategic management, education and training in schools, colleges and corporates. She has headed the Incubation & Consultancy Cell and a PYP IB School. She has published two books, several research articles and book chapters. She has collaborated extensively with industry and academic sectors and engaged in community related activities in teaching and education. She has coordinated with various organizations & institutions in order to facilitate placements, mentorship, employability & entrepreneurship. 

Research Interests:

Academic Strategic Management/ Teacher Training / Curriculum Designing & Pedagogy

Dr. Sweta Mukherjee

Dr Sweta Mukherjee teaches on all programmes at ITARI. As Head, Outreach Programmes at ITARI, she collaborates with other organizations to further excellence in education. She has about a decade of experience in K-12 and teacher education. She is a Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Scholar, and she has a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from the Derek Bok Center, Harvard University. She has the Indian government approved copyright in designing grading rubrics, and guidelines for curriculum design.

Research Interests:

Holistic education | Teacher Education for 21st Century Competencies

Dr. Sumita Rao

Dr. Sumita Rao has 27 years of experience in K12 Education and Teacher Education. During this period she has been involved in K-12, Undergraduate, Postgraduate Teaching and Teacher Training. She has organized and prepared several training modules and has led several workshops, training & capacity-building programs for School Teachers, Teacher Educators and Teacher Trainees. She has 14 papers published in various journals. In ITARI she is instrumental in leading the Cambridge teacher professional development programmes. She is deeply invested in building reflective practitioners in the K-12 sector.

Research Interests:

Critical Thinking Skills, Developing Reflective practices.

Ms. Sunitha Amencherla

Programme Leader, CIDEL; Faculty, and Exams Officer, CIDTL

Ms. Sunitha Amencherla teaches and mentors teacher-learners across programmes. She has rich experience in K-12 educational reform. She has architected reform at grassroots level through advocacy, building and implementing strong technology-based curriculum, teacher training in ICT implementation, and skilling teachers in Assessment for Learning.

Research Interests:

Continuous Professional development | Deep reading | Technology in Education