The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the universities not to print Aadhaar number of students on their marks sheets or certificates issued by the universities. In a notice dated September 4, UGC has asked universities to not mention Aadhaar number of students on the as it breaches the security and confidentiality of the Aadhaar numbers. Earlier, the University Grants Commission had directed asked universities to introduce identification mechanisms like the photograph and Unique lD/Aadhaar number in students' certificates.
The UGC letter says, "lt is for your kind information that printing of Aadhaar number on degree/certificate of a resident would be accessible to multiple people, thereby breaching the security and confidentiality of the Aadhaar numbers would be in violation of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and regulations framed thereunder." According to the Aadhaar Act 2016, it prohibits the publishing of Aadhaar data publicly and also provides penalties for such offenses.
The main motive behind introducing the identification mechanism was to curb the chances of duplication and to raise uniformity and transparency within and across the system of higher education in the country.
In another news relating to Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI has said that the schools cannot refuse admission to the students for lack of Aadhaar. The authorities have further added that if any schools refuse the admission on such grounds then it would be considered as ‘invalid’.
It has also exhorted schools to coordinate with local banks, post offices, state education department, and district administration, to facilitate special camps in their premises for Aadhaar enrollment and updation.
According to an official circular addressed to the Chief Secretaries of States, the UIDAI has said that it is aware of instances where some schools are refusing admission in absence of Aadhaar. "It must be ensured that no children are deprived/denied of their due benefits or rights for want of Aadhaar," said the circular seen by news agency PTI.