After last year’s success, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) has dropped another bombshell. With elections approaching Karnataka, students will now require Aadhaar card to appear for the NEET this year.
As the move has been accepted by colleges in the city, some colleges have even declared a holiday for students who do not have Aadhaar cards, so they can apply for one.
The NEET is mandatory to take admissions to any MBBS and BDS courses in India in medical or dental colleges, run with the approval of the Medical Council of India (MCI) or Dental Council of India (DCI), respectively.
According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the use of Aadhaar for the students appearing for NEET-2017 will be the proof of accuracy of an applicant’s details.
Along with that, the hassle of multiple documentations at the examination centres is expected to come down as it would be an identity authentication for the applicants, which seems to be more convenient.
Since the provisions of the Aadhaar Act and regulations under the act – which came into effect from September 14, 2016 – has necessitated the use of Aadhaar number for establishment of identity of an individual, CBSE has decided to use Aadhaar for the applicants of NEET 2017.
In order to apply for NEET 2017 online, applicants in possession of Aadhaar will have to enter (as on Aadhar card) the name, number, date of birth and gender for the authentication of their identity.
Applicants who do not have Aadhaar cards are required to visit the closest Aadhaar centre set up by the CBSE to get an enrolment. CBSE has set up centres in every city of examination for such students to apply for the Aadhaar enrolment.
In case of problems regarding issuance of Aadhaar, students would be given a registration number that may be used in the time of application.
“It is an interesting way to go about it. Since JEE main had also started using Aadhaar cards, I think it was important for NEET to also use it. The good thing about Aadhaar is that it’s just one document that gives us the entire information of the applicant. Although there aren’t many students who do not have Aadhaar, the college management has decided to give a day’s leave to the students who do not have Aadhaar,” said Shivaprasad Bodepudi, principal, Sri Chaitanya PU College.
“There are a lot of students who do not provide proper addresses, hence Aadhaar is a good mandate for NEET. The move is for the welfare of the applicants as well as the education board,” said T Balakrishna, chairman and managing director, Venkat International Public School & Group of Institutions. “We have made arrangements so that the government authorities can come and help students who don’t have Aadhaar cards. We are also flexible to grant leave to students if they are in the process of enrolling for Aadhaar.”
Aswathi Srinivas, a NEET applicant, said, “It is a very good move, because this way we would be sure of students appearing for NEET this year. Providing Aadhaar would facilitate attainment of information of the place where the applicant lives and it tells whether the person is from the particular place.”