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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