New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) – Aadhaar issuing body has asked schools not to insist the 12-digit biometric identifier a pre-condition for students admission. Notably, the caution from UIDAI comes at a time when admissions to nursery and entry-level classes have just begun in over 1,500 private schools in national capital.

It was reported that certain schools insisting on Aadhaar as one of the documents required for admission. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said it is aware of the reports that some schools are asking for Aadhaar cards for student admission.

Speaking to PTI, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said,”This is not right. This is not as per the provisions of law…School admission and other facility to children cannot be made conditional to production of Aadhaar.”

Further, UIDAI has asked the school authorities and their managements to ensure that no child is denied admission.
“In fact, schools should admit children without Aadhaar and ensure that children are given Aadhaar once they are in schools by arranging special camps for them,” Pandey added.

On being asked what action could schools face if they continued to insist on Aadhaar, Pandey said that it will clearly be seen as contempt of court.

Notably, in September this year, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar but clipped the scope of the biometric identity project, ruling it was not mandatory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions.

The SC verdict emphasised that it would not be mandatory for school admissions, as also for the examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for medical entrance and the University Grants Commission.

(With inputs from PTI)