Login

In the post - Corona world


In the post-Corona world, children will need more than leadership competencies to survive and succeed. They will also need to possess an entrepreneurial-mind. As a result, the existing purpose of education – to prepare a child to succeed in a future that is uncertain, has been re-calibrated and re-imagined as being future-ready.

To be future-ready is to be startup ready.

Graduating students should be capable of giving employment rather than seeking employment. Keeping this objective in mind, we are superimposing a Startup School with effect from the next session. 30 students from Grades 9 to 12 will be selected in each Indus School, and trained by the best entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the city. This will be free for the first year. We shall be sharing the details soon.

(This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

Covid 19


We must look upon Covid 19 as a great blessing to humanity. We are under going a life-altering crucible experience, an episode that is a great disruptor of the present world social order. At the end of the day, Covid 19 will force us to be innovative. Innovation is the only vaccine against any pandemic, against any difficult situation in our life and workplaces. Those who are not innovative will not survive – they will have no economic and political value.

So let us look upon the present pandemic as a great opportunity to become innovative.

(This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

Corona is a message for the education systems of the world


Every individual, family, state and nation is going through the most difficult phase in recent memory. However, in this moment of a humanitarian crisis, we should look upon Corona not only as a scourge, but also as a blessing: a reminder to each one of us that we need to reset our lives - slow down, and re-connect with ourselves. A reminder that there is more to life than money, pleasure and power. A reminder that the greatest gift parents and teachers can give their child, is to help them find a purpose, to give meaning to their life and work. A reminder that, if children do not remain innovative, they will not be able to re-skill themselves continuously.

Corona is a message for the education systems of the world; that education of the heart and mind is more important than education of the head alone. Corona is a cry for return to humanness, a quality we had virtually forgotten.

Corona is the reset button in the life of every person, every nation.

Corona will change the world permanently – the way we live, the way we care for each other, the way we work, we think, we live, we parent, we teach. Education too will change, and its contours are staring at us.

The purpose of education will be to prepare a child for a future we do not know, a future that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

Teachers will teach the child, and not the subject alone. Teachers will now become human.

There has to be a pronounced shift in education of the heart (emotions and competencies) and mind (spirituality), and not the head alone.

Schools, corporations and businesses have realised that Internet gives them the capability to work efficiently from home. Coronavirus has made online education go viral. This will increasingly become the norm. Our children should be ready for blended learning, the emerging new learning environment – a combination of online classes by teachers, and school-based learning.

Children must use technology to take ownership for their learning. They can no longer remain passive learners, and expect to be spoon-fed. Lifelong learning and entrepreneurial competencies will ensure their happiness and success.

By the time children graduate from school they should be future-ready; college may be too late.

Indus is committed to this commitment of transformation, through Artificial Intelligence, innovation, courage and resilience.

(This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

Lifelong learning and developing a philosophical mind


Most innovations, from the wheel, the flint, to the self-driving car, are as a result of imagination and curiosity. This is why curiosity is unique to human beings.

At Indus, curiosity, innovation, lifelong learning and developing a philosophical mind, are, therefore, part of the leadership and innovation curriculum. It’s not surprising that a one-unit increase in curiosity leads to a 34% increase in creativity.

We will go even one step ahead. Curiosity by itself does not lead to sustainable innovation. Children must know how to think.

(This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

Books inspire us to be human


You are what you read. You can identify the character and personality of an individual by the books that he/she reads. This is why books are an extension of man’s consciousness and nervous system.

Books inspire us to be human. They give us a:
  • Higher purpose and meaning to life that makes us self-aware – aware of who am I.

  • Multiple perspectives in life.

  • Values.

  • Ability to unlearn and relearn.

  • Focus and mindfulness.

  • Indus focuses a lot on deep reading; and, therefore, deep learning, as it prepares us for all challenges.

    (This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

    World is going through challenging times


    Although the World is going through challenging times, it is also an excellent opportunity to reinvent ourselves. With our increasing emphasis on education of the heart and mind, and not the head alone, I have no doubt that we will be prepared for all challenges.

    Climate change is a serious threat and has arrived at our doorstep. Indus is going to address this challenge in an innovative manner like it has never been done before. I will share our strategies and plan after the New Year.

    I wish all members of the Indus community – teachers, parents, students and staff, a very Happy New Year. May God bless you all!

    (This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

    Education must prepare children for a future


    Education must prepare children for a future we do not know, a future that is unstable, unpredictable and ambiguous. But equally, we must also prepare them to deal with global challenges like climate change, rising inequalities, and the struggle between man and nature.

    These are scientifically well documented, and the warnings are clear. Yet we are doing nothing about them except talking and talking. In order to grapple with these challenges, children need greater autonomy and empowerment.

    (This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

    We are living in the 4th Industrial Revolution


    We are living in the 4th Industrial Revolution. This age is characterized by deep disruptions by AI, machine thinking, bioengineering, big data and IOT.

    Schools face a huge challenge! How do we prepare children for a future we do not know, a future that is volatile and ambiguous? While innovation will be the master competency to reskill oneself continuously, children will urgently need a philosophical mind, grounded in ethics.

    At Indus, we will make this ‘philosophical beginning” by introducing an ethical curriculum based on Reverence for Life, that all life is valuable.

    (This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

    The 4th Industrial Age is characterized by VUCA


    The 4th Industrial Age is characterized by VUCA; AI, machine learning; and obsolescence of jobs, technology and even knowledge. Future citizens will, therefore, have to possess innovative competencies to reskill and reinvent themselves.

    The 4th Revolution is the Age of Innovation. Leadership is our central idea – a human-centred approach to leadership philosophy. This model will be reinforced by the design thinking process for education of the head, heart and mind.

    (This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)

    Increasingly distracted world


    In an increasingly distracted world, IQ and EQ alone are not determinants of success; it is focus. This is the ability to pay undivided 100 % on any one task without being distracted.

    In my experience, focusing on one’s goals is the Prozac for improving one’s attention. People don’t like to be specific in their goals, because specificity is considered to be a condition for failure. And failure is, indeed, painful. Specificity is not merely the wordings of the goal statement. True specificity originates from goals that arise from one’s vision; and vision in turn is derived from purpose.

    Enemies of fulfilment of our purpose in life is procrastination and broken focus.

    (This is the essence of the message brought to newly elected Leaders of The Indus Student Council at Bangalore, by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray (Retd.), CEO of the Indus Trust on the occasion of The Ceremony of Investiture on January 26th, 2012)
      Beginning  Next


    Home | Personal | Operation Sadbhavna | Books | Videos | Lectures | Town Hall Talks | Blog