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Principals and teachers asked to register their Aadhaar details

Proposals have also been floated to make Aadhaar necessary for students to get their mid-day meals and avail services under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

Written by Shradha Chettri | New Delhi | Published: October 11, 2017 2:00 am
aadhaar card, aadhar in schools, Supreme Court, BJP Government, Aadhar mandatory, registration of schools, HRD, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, India News, Indian Express, Delhi News Aadhaar cards for students were made mandatory for admission to all Delhi government schools this year. (File)

After students, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development has now asked school principals, vice-principals and teachers to ensure that they have registered their Aadhaar card number in the U-DISE. U-DISE, or the Unified District Information System for Education, contains all official data related to school education in the country.

In a circular sent from the office of the Universal Elementary Education to schools on October 9, all heads of government, private and municipal schools have been asked to ensure that Aadhaar numbers of staff are entered in the system by October 13.

Aadhaar cards for students were made mandatory for admission to all Delhi government schools this year. Proposals have also been floated to make Aadhaar necessary for students to get their mid-day meals and avail services under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

However, several teachers at Delhi government schools said they are unaware of the latest development.
“We have not been told anything about the need for us to register our Aadhaar numbers. We have, in the past, never been asked to do so,” said Ajay

Veer Yadav, PGT physical education at Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Karol Bagh. Some schools, however, have already started the process of registering Aadhaar numbers in the U-DISE. “The U-DISE has data of each school, including how many graduate and post-graduate teachers are in the school. But I don’t know why we are being asked to register our Aadhaar card. It is a government order so we have to follow it,” said Anurag Pandey, a teacher at Government Co-ed Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Rohini’s Sector 8.

A school principal, who did not wish to be named, said, “As the case of making Aadhaar mandatory is still with the Supreme Court, I don’t know how the government can ask us to register our numbers. But since there is a directive, we have to do it.”

Teachers added that when they were registering for the diploma in elementary education with the National School of Open Learning, which has been made mandatory by the MHRD, entering Aadhaar card details was a must.

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    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:24 am
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      Oct 11, 2017 at 6:41 am
      A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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        Oct 11, 2017 at 6:40 am
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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          Oct 11, 2017 at 6:39 am
          The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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