November 30, 2015 2:02:26 am
THE CENTRAL Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools to submit the Aadhaar card details of students of classes IX to XII during registration for board exams. Following the CBSE circular, the UT Education Department has asked schools to collect details of the number of students who possess the Aadhaar cards.
As per R J Khanderao, regional director of CBSE, it is not mandatory for the students to submit details regarding their Aadhaar cards. “The purpose of asking students for their Aadhaar cards is to get credible basic information about the students like their address, date of birth etc. It is easier for CBSE to issue scholarship if we have the basic details of the students. It is, however, not mandatory for students to submit these details.”
In March 2015, the Supreme Court had negated the mandatory status of the Aadhaar cards in India. The SC had stated that “no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India”.
“From what my understanding is, the CBSE is asking for the Aadhaar card details for identification of the students. The CBSE also conducts competitive entrance exams for the students. So probably having student identification details would be helpful in the process,” said Reema Dewan, principal of Delhi Public School, Chandigarh.
“However, schools have been directed by the Education Department to get the number of students who possess Aadhar cards, and the number of students who do not possess the card. This process is currently going on,” Dhawan added.
School heads, however, stress the futility of this exercise of collection of Aadhaar card details, stating that schools already have all the needed information of the enrolled students. “The CBSE is actually an examining body for classes 10th and 12th. Such circulars issued by the CBSE are basically only advisories. In all fairness, details from a student’s Aadhaar card have nothing to do with education. Even if they collect these details, not much is really going to be done with it,” said H S Mamik, chairman of Vivek High School, Chandigarh.
The UT Education Department, which transferred money into the bank accounts of students studying in government schools, had also asked for the Aadhaar card details of the students. “The Aadhaar card was required for the transfer of funds for the winter uniform to the accounts of school students. The Aadhaar card details were registered with the student bank accounts,” said Dr Vinod Sharma, head of Government Model High School, Sector 34.
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