In U turn, CBSE makes Aadhaar optional for students

KOCHI: After announcing earlier this year that students appearing for board exams had to compulsorily provide their Aadhaar number, the CBSE has clarified that providing Aadhaar number of students appearing for class X and XII exams will be optional and not mandatory.

“Submission of list of candidates for students studying in class X/XII in the session 2015-16 has started…. These contain a column to enter Aadhaar number.

The same is not mandatory but optional,” said a corrigendum issued by CBSE Controller of Examinations, KK Choudhury on September 11. CBSE also clarified that Aadhaar number is not mandatory for class IX and XI students who register with CBSE to appear for the board exam next year.

The Constitution Bench of Supreme Court led by Chief Justice H L Dattu had ruled recently that no person shall be deprived of services such as MNREGA, Jan Dhan Yojana, pension and provident fund schemes for want of Aadhaar.

The CBSE order has come as a relief to CBSE schools in Kerala for they had, unlike state government schools, refused to link admission numbers with Aadhaar.

“In the beginning of this academic year, CBSE had informed that they would be introducing a column for providing Aadhaar number of students.

But schools took up the issue with CBSE as many schools don’t have Aadhaar number,” said K Unnikrishnan, president of Confederation of Kerala Sahodaya Complexes.