WHILE THE Supreme Court in October 2015 allowed linking of Aadhaar cards for availing government schemes only to be on voluntary basis and no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of Aadhaar, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) on Wednesday made it compulsory for students of Class 10 and 12 with immediate effect.
The state education board passed a Government Resolution (GR) on Wednesday making it ‘compulsory for students’ applications for Class 10 and 12 board examinations to bear the Adhaar card number.’
Though this pertains to only regular students thus, exempting private and open board candidates from this diktat.
“It is compulsory for students (regular) of secondary and higher secondary schools registered at Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board to have an Adhaar card number from the current academic session,” the directive issued to all schools states.
The GSHSEB examination secretary R I Patel who had issued the orders said, “This would also be implied to students submitting examination forms in September, this year. As 80 per cent of students already have Adhaar card it would be only the remaining 20 who would get it made.”
However, on the purpose of this diktat, Patel claims that this has been done to facilitate scholarships. “This will help in scholarship applications of students,” he said.
On the other hand, GSHSEB deputy chairman R R Thakkar said, “This will help to create a transparent and authentic database and also promote Government of India’s Adhaar card scheme.”
“For March 2017 examinations, it would be mandatory to fill Adhaar card numbers in the applications. In case students do not have Adhaar cards, they cannot submit their applications. Schools should inform students that Class 10 and 12 students should have Adhaar cards at the earliest. Also, these should be noted in the general registers maintained at the school level,” the directive further states.
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