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BW Most Influential Woman Of India: Rina Ray, IAS

Rina hails from Bihar and has majored in political science apart from various environment, finance and personal & general administration trainings programs from United Kingdom.

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“I am something of a teacher in this department and an unconventional bureaucrat at the same time” says Rina Ray, Secretary, School Education & Literacy. She is a great officer and a great human being, says a senior colleague from another ministry. Reena Ray has been appointed as Secretary of Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. She is the 1984 batch IAS officer of UT cadre. In 2015, she was appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, HRD. Prior to it, she was Chief Electoral Officer, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. She takes over her current position on superannuation of Anil Swarup on June 30, 2018. Reena Ray brings with her enormous experience in the sector.

Her continuous involvement with the difficult and cumbersome task for ministry will also be remembered – for instance, she has been involved in a mammoth exercise or sample survey, involving 22 lakh students from around 1, 10,000 schools across 700 districts of India (including rural and urban).

Major reforms like Introduction of four year B.Ed. integrated programme with multiple pathways, Guideline on Strengthening of District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and DIKSHA (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing) have in the past witnessed active involvement of Rina.


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