In a big relief to students, the Supreme Court on Wednesday i.e. September 26 declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid but said Aadhaar need not be made compulsory for school admissions, CBSE, NEET and UGC exams.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said Aadhaar would not be mandatory for school admissions, as also for the examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical entrance and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Though the apex court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, it also struck down some sections of the Act.
The court struck down some of the provisions of Aadhaar including its linking with bank accounts and mobile phones. The apex court has, however, upheld seeding of PAN with Aadhaar.
Recently, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had said that no children should be denied admission in schools if they fail to bring Aadhar. The statement was released after instances were reported where children were not being admitted to schools due to lack of Aadhaar.
Earlier this year, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had stayed a CBSE notification that made Aadhaar or its enrolment proof mandatory to register or appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018.
The court had ordered the CBSE, the authority which conducts NEET, to upload the apex court order on its website.