NIOS: Aadhaar to be mandatory for open school examination

There will also be scanner machines at examination centres and only those students whose thumb prints match with the existing data be allowed to give exams

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 22, 2017 6:14 pm
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After making Aadhaar card mandatory in JEE, NEET and UGC NET examination, the government has not made it compulsory for students appearing for open school exams to ensure there are no proxy candidates appearing on others’ behalf.

Following approval from the HRD Ministry, the National Institute of Open Learning (NIOS) has decided to make Aadhaar mandatory for candidates appearing for the next examination, a senior NIOS official said. “During the exams held in March, the inspection teams had found proxy candidates who were appearing on other students’ behalf. To check this practice, Aadhaar has been made mandatory.

“There will also be scanner machines at examination centres and only those students whose thumb prints match with the existing data be allowed to give exams,” the official said.

NIOS, which was set up in 1989, is providing a number of vocational, life enrichment and community oriented courses besides general and academic courses at secondary and senior secondary level.

It also offers elementary level courses through its Open Basic Education Programmes (OBE). The NIOS has also decided that those schools where CCTV facility is not available will not be made examination centres. “This has been decided to ensure that videography of the entire examination process is possible and the footage can be checked in future if need be,” the official added.

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  1. R
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    Sep 29, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    The Supreme Court is yet to take a decision on the validity of Aadhaar and whether the State can compulsorily link Aadhaar to various programs and all financial transactions. On 24 August 2017, a nine-judge Consti-tution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled against the Central Government to declare that privacy is a fundamental right under the Consti-tution of India. The Supreme Court is set to hear peti-tions challenging the validity and other aspects of Aadhaar in the first week of November 2017. So just wait for the verdict.
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    1. R
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      Sep 29, 2017 at 6:32 pm
      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. A centralized and interlinked database can lead to commercial abuse. 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. You can change your password if it is compromised. But if someone gets a copy of your biometric data, which can be used for authentication, what would you do?
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      1. R
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        Oct 8, 2017 at 11:35 pm
        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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      2. R
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        Sep 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm
        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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        1. R
          Reader
          Sep 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm
          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 issuing Social Security Number.
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          1. R
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            Oct 8, 2017 at 11:32 pm
            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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            MEENAKSHI
            Aug 24, 2017 at 11:33 am
            check your article's first sentence. "has not made" or "has now made"
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