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Indus Altum International School: Preparing children for a VUCA Plus world

June 16, 2023

Indus Altum International School (estb. 2021) is a collaborative venture of the nationally reputed Indus International Schools and the Belagavi based Altum Trust promoted with the objective of “preparing the young generation for an unforeseen volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.”

Nestled amid the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range in the suburbs of the historical city of Belagavi, the expansive 17-acre campus of Indus Altum International School (IAIS) is equipped with ultra-modern facilities and draws a student community from across the globe. Affiliated with Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), UK, the K-12 school offers its 300 students an internationally acclaimed curriculum that enables the young minds to “think globally and act locally”.

Under the able guidance of Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.), founder-CEO and managing director of Indus International Schools, IAIS is poised to “soar to greater heights with every passing year.” Meanwhile, Altum Trust makes the school distinct and unique, backing it up with a strong vision of bringing quality international education to the city of Belagavi, thereby revolutionising education in the northern region of Karnataka and extending it to all – within and outside India. Mrs. Akkamahadevi Melligeri, chairperson of the trust, has always been driven by the vision of bringing in a new definition of education at Belagavi to transform the city’s outlook and what it can offer to the world.

The school boasts eminent board members including Mr. Aravind Melligeri, chairman and CEO of Aequs Inc., who believes in the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset, and Mr. Rajeev Kaul, MD and CEO of Aequs Aerospace, who is a distinguished business strategist. 

“At Indus Altum, we believe in the core values of Love, Empathy, Discipline, and Respect and encourage our students to imbibe traditional values along with the 21st-century entrepreneurial competencies that would equip them to live and thrive in a fast-moving world. In a VUCA-plus world where everything is getting obsolete every minute and second, preparing students for just exams, universities, and careers becomes irrelevant. Our main objective is preparing students for a future that is unseen and unpredictable, preparing them for the challenges ahead, and getting them future-ready. In this endeavour, we offer exclusive scholastic programmes for our students to help them be ‘future ready’ such as Innovation Curriculum to prepare them to be startup ready, Mindfulness Curriculum to inculcate the traditional core values of the school, Astro science programme to help them explore the miracles of cosmos, sports programmes to help them be physically energised and focused, Green Eagles project to help them empathise with Mother earth and be climate change leaders and so on,” says Dr. Praseedha Sreekumar, founder-principal of IAIS. 

Dr. Praseedha Sreekumar

Dr. Sreekumar is an educator who believes in an educational standard capable of breaking barriers and stereotypes of race, caste, religion, gender, and society to create truly global citizens. She draws on her rich teaching and administrative experience in national as well as international schools to develop pedagogical policies at IAIS. 

Beyond Academics

With an excellent teacher-student ratio of 1:9 and a maximum class strength of 25, IAIS offers student-centred education designed to enable each child to achieve their full potential. The school’s 40 teachers are Cambridge certified and believe in teaching the child and not the subject alone.

Indus Altum primary school

Going beyond academics, IAIS is committed to nurture its students’ inherent talents and aptitude. The school emphasises as much on arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, and sports as on academics.

Indus Altum sports education

The Innovation Curriculum, Startup School, Indus School of Leadership, House Visions, community service projects, inter-school tournaments, inter-house competitions are some of the opportunities provided to students to showcase their talents, hone their skills and develop their leadership skills. 

Excellent University Placements

Indus graduates are welcomed into prominent institutions of higher learning both in India and overseas. They have been admitted into globally reputed universities and colleges such as Stanford, Oxford, Brown, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Singapore University as well as numerous prestigious institutions in India. 

Moreover, Indus graduates have also won scholarships to pursue medicine, engineering, business studies, communication and arts in reputed institutions and professional colleges in India and abroad. 

“Indus Altum International School, Belagavi, completed its first academic year in 2021-22 with encouraging support from our founding team of parents, students, and teachers. Living and thriving in randomness was the gist of the first-year for IAIS and it was a formative phase. Growing from 53 students to 187 in the second year and 300 plus in the third year, we are committed to further our mission of creating leaders of tomorrow with renewed zeal and enthusiasm,” says Dr. Praseedha Sreekumar. 

IAIS Laurels 

  • IAIS is ranked among the top 10 international day-cum-boarding schools countrywide in the latest EducationWorld India School Rankings 2022-23.
  • Ranked India #2 in Campus Architecture and Design in the EducationWorld Grand Jury India School Rankings 2022-23.


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