Aadhaar number not mandatory to students for all-India exams, SC rules


NEW DELHI: According to the Supreme Court, Aadhar number is not mandatory for those students who want to appear in NEET 2018 exam and the other exam across India.

Although, the SC on Wednesday, March 7 has directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE ) that students have not mandatory Aadhaar number for enrollment to appearing in NEET 2018.

A five-judge Constitution bench presided by Chief justice Dipak Misra directed the CBSE to upload the information on their website.

Earlier, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had told the Supreme Court that it had not authorised CBSE for mandatorily taking Aadhar number of students for appearing in NEET examinations.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, had pointed out the apex court on Wednesday that other ID proofs can be given for the exams insome states J&K, Meghalaya and Assam.
The Gujarat High Court had dismissed the plea on February 27, 2018.
Meanwhile, the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government may be further extended beyond March 31, the Centre had indicated in the SC on Tuesday.

The Centre had said that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline from March 31, 2018.

On December 15, 2018, the apex court had extended till March 31 2018, the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.

Earlier on February 22, 2018, former Karnataka High Court judge Justice KS Puttaswamy had told the apex court that several deaths had reportedly taken place due to starvation on account of glitches in the Aadhaar-based public distribution system and the court must consider granting them compensation.