Schools aim to finish Aadhaar enrolments by Aug 31

Nagpur: The state education department is working overtime to ensure that schools complete the task of enrolling each student for Aadhaar card.

Officials in the department told TOI that the deadline has been tentatively kept at August 31 to push schools for completing the target.

A senior education official said, “The work is almost complete. Probably, a negligible number is left which will be done by the end of this month. The bigger challenge now is to complete the verification process. We have noticed data mismatch between school records and Aadhaar card, so that is being reconciled.”

The official added that out of the total 2.20 crore school students in Maharashtra, verification for just over 70 lakh has been completed. He said, “The remaining will be done very soon.”

The Aadhaar card number will be linked with students’ admission registration number so as to facilitate tracking of the child in the education system.

The government clarified that this is being done to ensure that the Right to Education Act (RTE) is implemented properly.

Linking of Aadhaar card, also known as Unique Identification (UID), with students’ database will help government to verify whether or not students are enrolled in schools.
Since last year the education department has been stepping on the gas for its ‘School Students Aadhar Card Campaign’ (SSACC).
Last year from April to May, group education officers started collecting information from about various schools in taluka. The information sought was specifically about those students who do not have an Aadhaar card. Then schools and education officials planned out a timeline to complete the registrations on time but logistical challenges kept on proving to be obstacles. The department has now finally to give it a last push and get the massive projected completed on time.
A principal told TOI that schools have been informed that if by September all their students don’t have an Aadhaar card, then the school will be penalized. The principal said, “Staff hiring and section approvals will all be put on hold till we complete the task. “