CBSE, NEET, UGC, schools cannot mandate Aadhaar, rules SC

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for admissions in schools and by educational bodies like Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The apex court ruled that no child can be denied any schemes if they are not able to bring their Aadhaar number.

“CBSE, NEET, UGC making Aadhaar mandatory is bad and they cannot do so. For the enrollment of children, it would be essential to have the consent of parents,” the SC said. The court said that no one can be denied their rights on the ground of lack of Aadhaar.

Reading out the judgement, Justice AK Sikri observed: “Education has taken us from thumb impression to signature, technology has taken us from signature to thumb impression.”

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