The JEE Main 2017 admission notification was released on November 18, 2016. As usual the CBSE in its endeavour to try something new every year has sprung yet another announcement on the unsuspecting applicants. This one is completely in violation of the students’ rights and the Supreme Court rulings. The JEE Main 2017 admission notification announced that every applicant must have a valid Aadhaar Number and whose details must match those in the UIDAI database as well as the school records. This opens up a Pandora ’s Box when one sits to consider the implications that come with this announcement.
JEE Main 2017 Application Dates are December 1, 2016 to January 2, 2017. Till the application form is available, many students may not even be aware of the clause of the mandatory Aadhaar Number for applying for JEE Main exam. This leaves a window of about just more than a month for students to arrange for an Aadhaar card which may not be enough considering the documentation involved for the same.
The JEE Main 2017 Admission Notice proclaims the following in bold:
“All the Indian citizen candidates should possess AADHAAR card issued by UIDAI with their correct details. At the time of filling application form of JEE Main 2017, the candidates will have to enter their AADHAAR number, name, date of birth & gender which will be validated with the UIDAI’s data. In case, these particulars do not match, the candidate will not be able to fill the application form of JEE Main – 2017. Therefore, the candidates are advised to ensure that their AADHAAR card has correct details of their name, date of birth & gender as per school records. If there is some mismatch in these details, the candidates should immediately get it corrected in AADHAAR data or school records, as the case may be”.
Click here to check the JEE Main 2017 Admission Notification.
What is the Aadhaar Card to be used for?
According to the Aadhaar Card Bill (Chapter III), “The Central Government or, as the case may be, the State Government may, for the purpose of establishing identity of an individual as a condition for receipt of a subsidy, benefit or service for which the expenditure is incurred from, or the receipt therefrom forms part of, the Consolidated Fund of India, require that such individual undergo authentication, or furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or in the case of an individual to whom no Aadhaar number has been assigned, such individual makes an application for enrolment”
The other Clause that is more important in the bill is that – “Provided that if an Aadhaar number is not assigned to an individual, the individual shall be offered alternate and viable means of identification for delivery of the subsidy, benefit or service”
Can CBSE disallow students on the basis of no Aadhaar Card?
If one takes the Supreme Court’s judgement into consideration, then no. The first judgement in this direction was given in 2015 in Justice K.S.PUTTASWAMY (RETD)& ANR VS Union of India & ORS. The judgement clearly mentions that “The Aadhaar card Scheme is purely voluntary and it cannot be made mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this Court one way or the other”. Click here to check the judgement
The Second Judgement given on September 14, 2016 was in the case of the All Bengal Minority Students Council VS Ministry of Electronics and Information. This was in regard to the mandatory requirement of an Aadhaar Number for students registering on the National Scholarship Portal. The bench comprising of Justices Gopala Gowda and Adarsh Kumar Goel, directed the Ministry to remove the condition. Click here to check the judgement.
Will Students from States like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Lakshadweep not be allowed to fill the JEE Main 2017 Application Form?
It is a known fact that states like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Union Territories like Lakshdweep, Dadar & Nagar Haveli don’t have Aadhaar facilitation. The UIDAI website proclaims that the process of registration for these states through NPR includes the Aadhaar Card. Furthermore, the applications received from the people in some states are ongoing while some are being verified. This will be a long drawn process considering all factors.
Does this in essence mean that students from these states will not be able to even apply for JEE Main 2017 leave alone appear for the exam? It is of grave concern. This is a gross violation of the Supreme Court Judgements, the very essence of the Aadhaar Card Bill and most important the fundamental rights of the Indian Citizen students of the country.
CBSE has no right to impose this mandatory clause on the unsuspecting students who are at a young age and should not have to scramble around trying to get an Aadhaar Card to apply for the JEE Main 2017 exam. The young students of the above mentioned states and other states as well should be concentrating on their studies instead of worrying about how to get an Aadhaar Card because their whole career and future hinges on a single detrimental clause.
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