A native of Kerala, Roysten Abel belongs to the 1984 batch of ICSE students of Good Shepherd Public School. It was in GSPS that he started writing and directing plays, and made his film debut in 1983 when he was still a student. He bagged his first acting role in a popular Malayalam film – Koodevide, written and directed by Mr. P. Padmarajan, starring Mammootty, Suhasini and Rahman, which went on to become a success at the box office.
He went to study commerce in college but dropped out twice after enrolling in two different colleges and finally joined the National School of Drama, Delhi. Roy graduated from the National School of Drama in 1994 and left for the UK on a CWIT Scholarship to experience theatre. In this process, he got to spend time with various theatre companies including The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Stratford-Upon-Avon. In 1995, he returned to India and founded the Indian Shakespeare Company.
A major turning point in Roy’s life came in 1999 when he devised and directed Othello, a black and white play – his first original work. The play went on to win the Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival and gained national and international recognition, followed by a spate of original works conceived and directed by him, some of which were produced in India and some in Europe. His productions have found a stage in the most reputed theatres in the world including The Lincoln Centre, Kennedy Centre, The Barbican, Esplanade, and many more.
He is currently working on a feature film based on The Manganiyar Classroom and is in the process of setting up an alternate state-of-the-art school for The Manganiyar children where music can be the route to education. He hopes that it will be up and running by 2023.
Malavika Vasishta, who belongs to the 2008 – 2010 batch of ISC students, experienced her first association with Bharatanatyam during her higher secondary education at Good Shepherd International School, Ooty. She performed ‘Varnam’ and ‘Dasavatharam’ at the school’s Founder’s Day celebrations under the skilled guidance of her then dance teacher, Mrs. Rema Madhu. She then participated in various cultural festivals at Manipal University and NIT in Surathkal, where she performed Bharatanatyam and western dance.
She started learning Bharatanatyam under the expertise of Guru Sri Badrinath Madabhushi, whose knowledge and training developed her into an excellent dancer. She has also been learning Carnatic music from renowned musician, composer and guru, Sangeetacharya Dr. Vyzarsu Balasubrahmanyam.
Malavika Vasishta carried out her Bharatanatyam Nrithyanjali debut performance in August 2014 at Nandamuri Tarakarama Rao Auditorium, Hyderabad. For Malavika who completed her Bachelor’s program in Mechanical Engineering at the Ohio State University in the USA, the performance provided a way of keeping in touch with her family’s roots in India.
She was the Secretary of Indian Students Association at Ohio State University and promotes Indian culture abroad.
A former school topper and Head Boy of the Good Shepherd Public School during 1988 – 1989, Sumesh Lekhi is now a Filmmaker, Writer, Director and Producer at Brave Age Films that look into issues affecting our planet and works towards the betterment of the environment and society.
His affinity to wildlife and forests at a young age, and his awareness of the crucial importance of sustainably safeguarding the environment, led him and a few from his close circle of friends – mostly professionals – to come together and begin working for a sacred cause: to protect, preserve, and propagate the environmental well-being of our natural habitat.
As part of this conservation work, he began spending time with forest departments and villagers, while pursuing research on species of wildlife. During this time, he came across human-elephant conflicts occurring frequently over large parts of the Asian Elephant’s range. Five years of these interactions, involving deep research and high-quality observational video footage, led to an idea for the Asian elephant: a film began gestating.
Towards the end of 2015, an 81 minute-long feature film titled Bastion of the Giants was born. It delves into the conservation of Asian Elephants in the bio-diverse North Eastern Jungles of India. The film was screened at the premiere film festivals, winning International Awards like the Isla Earth Conservancy Award of Merit, conferred by the prestigious Catalina Island Conservancy at Avalon Island off Los Angeles, where the film was also voted for the Audience Award. It then garnered the Best Feature Film Award at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York. The film is a WWF Malaysia Award 2015 Finalist at the Kuala Lumpur Eco Festival and an official selection at France’s prestigious Festival International du Film Ornithologique de Ménigoute to which it was screened in French: it was viewed by eminent scientists, experts and a general audience, exhibiting India’s amazing wildlife and also the efforts of the Government and Forest Departments to safeguard the forests and wildlife of India.
He aims to spread the word on conservation via the film’s screening on educational campuses, to educate the students, parents, teachers, and well-wishers at large.
P Jayasanker joined Good Shepherd Public School in Grade VIII during the academic session of 1984. Coming from a very different background, Jayasanker faced a few hurdles in adjusting to the new surrounding, culture and also the academic curriculum, as the state syllabus he had followed in his previous school was different from ICSE. It was his teachers and fellow students at GSPS who spared no effort in pulling him up to the required standard.
It was during the evening sports in school that he discovered that he could play several sports which encouraged him to join the school team. He started participating in all co-curricular activities and represented the school in basketball, volleyball and athletics (high jump and pole vault). After his Grade X at GSPS in 1987, he joined St. Thomas College, Thrissur for his two-year pre-degree course. He then joined Trichur Engineering College to do his B Tech in Mechanical Engineering during which he got selected in the Navy. Dr. P. C. Thomas also advised him to join the Navy.
In the Navy, after his basic cadet training at Naval Academy, Goa, he opted for Naval Architecture as his subject of study. He completed his B Tech in Naval Architecture and Ship Building from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and his Post Graduate Diploma in Naval Architecture and Warship Construction, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. In 2007, he secured a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, Business Administration and Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) in Mumbai. From December 2008 to March 2014, he served as Joint Director, Naval Architecture, Indian Navy. In the Indian Navy, after his basic cadet training at Naval Academy, Goa, he opted for Naval Architecture as his subject of study.
P Jayasanker is a Commander in Indian Navy for the last 26 years, and since May 2014, he has been holding the post of Officer-In-Charge at Naval Construction Wing, Kochi. He is a guest professor in Naval Architecture at the Department of Ship Technology, CUSAT, from where he is also pursuing his PhD. He is a Member of the Institute of Naval Architecture and Institute of Marine Engineers.
After graduating from Good Shepherd Public School in Ooty, Kishore briefly studied at Madras Christian College in Chennai and went on to join his family business – Gupta Group. Since most of his business involved exports, it provided him with a great opportunity to travel the world during the last 24 years.
Apart from being involved in various export trading activities in spices, buffalo horns, woollen carpets, leather garments, gold jewellery, cotton sheeting cloth, the company stuck to the core business of human hair exports to over 40 countries across the world. Gupta Group has the unique honour of receiving the Top Export Award for human hair exports from the Government of India every year since 1987. The company processes and exports about 30 – 40mt of human hair every month and has several processing centres in various parts of India, employing over 1500 people. The company also has processing centres for value-added products outside India, like Nepal, Sri Lanka, and business establishments in Los Angeles, United States. The company also received several awards for export of sandalwood and has had the honour of being the only cotton swabs exporter from India for quite some time. In 1989, Gupta Foundation was started to promote Literature, Science, Arts, humanitarian services, other intellectual pursuits, and to honour distinguished persons or institutions in these fields.
Krishna learned photography, film processing, and printing of photos at GSPS from Mr. V. Viswanath. He passionately pursues photography as a hobby during his world tours. His life has been largely influenced by the long hours of interaction with Late Founder-Principal Dr. P C Thomas on community service, his Rotary experiences, his initial Ooty days, and the building of the GSPS and its various management challenges and achievements. His younger brother M. Vijay Kumar is also an alumnus of GSIS. With the motivation and the Cambridge Certification, he could do his Under graduation at Greenwich, London and Masters in Business Administration in Dowling College, New York. He has very successfully set up the family business single-handedly in the USA and is very successful in his venture.
Priyanka J Koshy is an alumnus of Good Shepherd International School (1999 batch of class 10). At GSIS, she actively participated in athletics, badminton and kho-kho in inter-house and inter-school competitions and was the Vice Captain of Spring House. She was also a part of the girls’ pipe band. After Grade X, she was enrolled at Sophia College, Mumbai, for her pre-university education.
She has specialized in Histopathology and Cytopathology, with an interest in kidney and gastrointestinal systems. She started her career as Junior Consultant Pathologist at Madras Medical Mission Hospital in 2013. She attended Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, which comes under Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Karnataka, where she finished her MBBS in 2007. She secured her MD (Pathology) from Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry University, in 2013. She underwent training in Nephropathology, initially, as an observer under the guidance of Dr. Surya Seshan at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York in 2014. Later, she completed an ISN-ANIO Apprenticeship programme in Nephropathology under the supervision of Dr. Agnes Fogo at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, USA, in 2016.
Dr. Priyanka is currently working as a Consultant Clinical Pathologist at Madras Medical Mission Hospital in Chennai. She is also the Quality Manager overseeing the quality systems of the clinical laboratories at the hospital.
Dr. Priyanka’s awards and certifications include:
ISN-ANIO Indukaka Ipcowala Advanced Apprenticeship Certificate in Nephropathology in 2016.
Satish C Penmetsa hails from Hyderabad in Telangana State and belongs to the 1992 ICSE batch of students of Good Shepherd Public School. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He also has an M.S. (Masters in Science) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, USA. He has run multiple half and full marathons and worked at several startups and NetApp. He has worked at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and has two patents to his credit.
He is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of rapidBizApps Pvt Ltd, trusted innovation and mobile app development services partner to some of the world’s smartest companies. He lives in San Francisco, California and has delivered lectures as a guest speaker at multiple top-tier business schools.
Soma Mukherjee completed her ICSE(Grade X) from Good Shepherd Public School in 1995. She was the recipient of the Elsamma Thomas Gold Medal for the batch topper at GSPS. She was also the school topper in La Martiniere School, Calcutta where she completed her ISC (Grade XII).
Subsequently she moved to the United States and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (magna cum laude) and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States. She worked for a few years in Wall Street, New York and then pursued her Masters in Business Management from Harvard Business School.
She is currently working with the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
A former Head Boy at Good Shepherd Public School during the academic year 1986-87, Mako Ravindran joined GSPS in Grade VIII and completed his 10th (ICSE) in 1987. He was born in California and brought up in Bangalore. After leaving GSPS, he joined Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore, for his ISC. After completing Grade XII, he enrolled in Christ College, Bangalore, where he attained a B.A. degree in Economics. With 100% scholarship, he joined Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey to study Biomedical Engineering. Three years later, he dropped out of the engineering course because he realized that his true calling lay elsewhere. He then sought admission in St. Louis College in France and secured a Diploma in Culinary Science. In 2001, he was rated as one of the top ten Indian Chefs.
Mr. Mako Ravindran is a Consultant Chef, Caterer, Trainer and Restaurateur and owns a chain of restaurants in India. Mako firmly believes in the power of taking care of one’s health, fitness, and well-being. He has also played soccer and rugby in semi-professional tournaments in the USA. His plans include widening his scope of consultancy, opening more restaurants, and broadening his involvement in nutrition and health education.
Hailing from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Mr Naveen Kumar Gogineni secured the 3rd rank in Good Shepherd Public School in his Grade X ICSE Examination in 1992. He joined Vidya Mandir School in Madras for his pre-university course. He was honoured with the Padmini Seshadri medal for excellence in Mathematics in the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) conducted by the CBSE in 1994 for Grade XII students. In 1994, he appeared for the All India Roorkee Entrance Examination (REE) and ranked among the top 0.2% of the selected students. In 1995, he appeared for the All India IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and ranked among the top 1% of the candidates. He received Bachelor of Technology Degree (B Tech) in Electronics and Communications from IIT Madras in 1999.
In 2001, he was awarded Master of Science in Electronics and Communications by The University of Maryland, College Park, Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA. He worked at Hughes Network Systems from 2000 to 2012 in various capacities. Hughes Network Systems, a provider of broadband satellite network products for businesses and consumers, has its headquarters in Germantown, Maryland, USA. Since 2012, he has been a Member of Technical Staff at Viasat Inc, Germantown, Maryland, USA, where he provides service on the world’s highest capacity Broadband Satellite (Viasat-2).