The Gujarat board of secondary and higher secondary education (GSEB) made Aadhaar cards compulsory for 10th, 12th class students pursuing regular courses.
The Aadhaar cards are back in news even though the Supreme Court in its October 2015 ruling especially directed the government officials not to deprive the people not having the Aadhaar cards. The Supreme Court had made it sound more like a warning that people availing government schemes should not be shown closed doors for the want of the aadhaar cards. This time the Gujarat secondary and higher secondary education board on Wednesday declared that the students studying in class 10 and 12 should compulsory have these cards with immediate effect. This declaration may appear a direct contravention to the ruling of the supreme court the previous year.
The Gujarat state education board passed a government resolution making it compulsory for all the students of class 10 and 12 to bear the aadhaar card number yet this particular diktat is limited for those students only who study as regular students. The instruction by the state government education board has exempted those students who are studying private or open boards. “It is compulsory for students (regular) of secondary and higher secondary schools registered at Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board to have an Aadhaar card number from the current academic session,” the recent directive that has been issued to all schools states.
The examination secretary of the state board, Mr R.I. Patel, who had issued the orders said that students who are submitting examination forms this September would also get covered in this directive. He said, “This would also be implied to students submitting examination forms in September, this year. As 80 per cent of students already have Aadhaar card it would be only the remaining 20 who would get it made.” This directive, according to him, is to help these very students in their scholarships as it would smoothen the application procedures for them if they are willing to apply out of the country for further studies.
Where the purpose of the diktat is aid to ease the scholarship applications on one hand, the deputy chairman of the board, R.R.Thakar has some different reason to offer. He says,” This will help to create a transparent and authentic database and also promote Government of India’s Aadhaar card scheme.”
“For March 2017 examinations, it would be mandatory to fill Aadhaar card numbers in the applications. In case students do not have Aadhaar cards, they cannot submit their applications. Schools should inform students that Class 10 and 12 students should have Aadhaar cards at the earliest. Also, these should be noted in the general registers maintained at the school level,” the directive further states.