Chandigarh education dept tells schools: ‘Collect details of students who possess Aadhaar cards’
THE CENTRAL Board of Second Education (CBSE) has actually routed colleges to submit the Aadhaar card details of pupils of courses IX to XII during registration for board examinations. Complying with the CBSE circular, the UT Education Department has asked colleges to gather information of the variety of pupils who possess the Aadhaar cards.
As per R J Khanderao, local supervisor of CBSE, it is not required for the students to submit details regarding their Online Aadhaar cards Status. “The function of asking students for their Aadhaar cards is to obtain reputable fundamental information about the students like their address, date of birth etc. It is easier for CBSE to issue scholarship if we have the fundamental details of the pupils. It is, however, not mandatory for students to submit these details.”.
In March 2015, the High court had actually negated the mandatory status of the Aadhaar cards in India. The SC had mentioned 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 information for identification of the students. The CBSE also performs competitive entryway tests for the students. So most likely having student identification details would certainly be helpful in the process,” said Reema Dewan, principal of Delhi Public School to Chandigarh Education Dept Collect Student Aadhaar Cards Details .
“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 procedure is presently taking place,” Dhawan added.
School heads, however, stress the futility of this workout of compilation of Aadhaar card details, stating that colleges already have all the needed details of the enrolled pupils. “The CBSE is really an examining body for classes 10th and 12th. Such circulars released 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 visiting be done with it,” said H S Mamik, chairman of Vivek Secondary school, Chandigarh.
The UT Education Division, which transferred cash into the bank accounts of students studying in government schools, had also asked for the Aadhaar card information of the students. “The Aadhaar card was needed for the transfer of funds for the winter uniform to the accounts of college pupils. The Aadhaar card details were registered with the student financial account,” claimed Dr Vinod Sharma, head of Government Model Secondary school, Sector 34.