Educationist Vinod Raina, one of the key architects of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, died of cancer on Thursday. He was member of the expert group on ‘Monitoring of Child Rights in Education’ set up by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and a sitting member of the Central Advisory Board for Education, the highest decision-making body on education.

Co-founder and executive committee member of NGO Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Professor Raina was a physicist by profession who resigned from Delhi University in 1985 to devote himself to grassroots work in education.

Prof. Raina’s condition deteriorated last week and he was admitted to a Delhi Government hospital where he passed away on Thursday afternoon. He was cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium.