RTE proponent’s condition deteriorated last week; he died at a Delhi hospital on Thursday

Educationist Vinod Raina, who died of cancer here on Thursday, was one of the key architects of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. 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 (CABE), 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. He was Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).

Prof. Raina had been suffering from cancer for the past three-and-a-half years. His condition deteriorated last week and he was admitted at a Delhi Government hospital where he passed away on Thursday afternoon. He was cremated at Lodhi Road crematorium in the evening.

Prof. Raina also worked with the Bhopal Gas Disaster victims and the anti-Narmada dam campaign.


  • Raina abandoned a career as physicist to devote himself to grassroots education

  • Fellow at many international institutes, Raina was a pioneer of People’s Science Movement