Aadhaar not mandatory for NEET and other all-India exams, says Supreme Court




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Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 06:00 PM IST

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBSE not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of students appearing for NEET 2018 and other all India examinations.

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

Earlier in the day, UIDAI had told the apex court that it has not authorised CBSE to mandatorily take Aadhaar number of students to get themselves enrolled for appearing in NEET 2018 examination.

Attorney General K K Venugopal had said he has instructions from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that like in Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam other identity proofs like passport, voter card and ration card can be used by the CBSE for enrolling the students in the examination.

The UIDAI's remarks came on a plea challenging the decision of CBSE seeking mandatorily the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number from students who are aspiring to take up the NEET 2018 examination.

The Gujarat High Court had dismissed the plea on February 27.The appeal in Supreme Court challenges the order of Gujarat High Court.

Earlier in February, the Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) made Aadhaar mandatory for filling the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-2018) application for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. Only residents of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya have been exempted to provide their Aadhaar details.

The move came even as the Supreme Court is hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme and the enabling 2016 law. Petitioners have also challenged the move to make Aadhaar mandatory for several services including banking and social security schemes. 

The examination for the NEET 2018 admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses is scheduled to be held on May 6.

(With PTI inputs)

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