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CEO’s Message


The uniqueness of Indus, and the Indus legacy, is founded on liberal education. Traditional education believes in preparing a child to score high marks in examination, get a good college placement, pursue a career (not withstanding that jobs are becoming obsolete), and be successful. Liberal education, on the other hand prepares a child for life, to be future-ready. To be future-ready is to be startup-ready - a Startup-You.

To be Startup-You and be innovative, is a combination of academic excellence and innovation. They are not mutually exclusive. You cannot one without the other. This is the 21st Century learning model.

CEO’s Message


It took Covid 19 to remind the world that, online teaching, learning and working is not a substitute for classroom teaching, but an alternative. The present pandemic has shattered this glass-ceiling. Regrettably, most teachers continue teach online they way they taught offline. This is the gravest default that will lead to irreversible consequences when children become adults. Even from a neurological perspective, it is unsound and unhealthy, because the plasma medium is vastly different to the paper medium.

Online learning is empowering, because it helps a child to take responsibility for her / his learning. Moreover, unlike classroom teaching, a teacher can effortlessly personalise the learning of individual students.

The greatest gift of online learning is in developing competencies. This is because it emphasises non-linear learning through self-learning and greater imagination which inevitably leads to creativity and innovation. We should welcome this big shift, as it will afford children greater opportunities to be innovative - the only way to succeed in the future.

The future of learning will be blended - a mix of online and offline learning. Likewise, the future of work too will be a healthy blend of work from home and office. This future has already arrived and children and parents should adapt readily.

CEO’s Message


Everything will change in a post-Covid 19 world, and schools will be no exception. Given the heightened and protracted state of uncertainty, coupled with chaos and ambiguity, all corporations, governments, businesses, schools, and even individuals, are in a war zone. Everyone has to be startup-ready! Only the innovative will survive. Indus will be at the forefront of this change.

The purpose of education at Indus has been re-calibrated. When the student graduates s/he will be startup ready.

To be startup ready is an intrinsic part of our innovation culture: a triad of
(1) the Startup School for 42 students from grade 9-12 in each of our schools;
(2) each teacher to be a Mini Principal for 10 students; and
(3) teachers to be encouraged to be intrapreneurs.


If you want your child to be an entrepreneur and succeed in the post-Covid 19 world, Indus is the right place for her/him to be.

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)
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