Pune: All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) has asked all educational institutions to provide details of male and female students, including their Aadhaar numbers. However, experts have stated that it is a violation of the Aadhaar Act.
According to section 29 of the Aadhaar Act, “No Aadhaar number or core biometric information shall be published, displayed or posted publicly.”
Also, section 8 of the Aadhaar Act states that requires any entity requesting the Aadhaar for purposes of authentication to obtain the consent of an individual before collecting his identity information.
Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Prafulla Pawar clarified that the requisite of Aadhaar number is to prevent duplication.
“Aadhaar will help trace those who take multiple admissions for various courses. Many schools demand additional facilities based on the number of enrollments. But when the government checked the numbers of enrolled students, it found out that the said number of students have never attended these schools at all. Therefore, Aadhaar system will be helpful to bring out these kind of loopholes in the system,” said Pawar.
“There is no provision in the Aadhaar Act about storage, writing, publishing or submitting the number in any form either paper, computer or forms. It is an offence and punishable and contempt to Supreme Court (SC),” said Anupam Saraph, Advisor and Expert of Governance Complex System.
Sohan Modak, former professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) said, “The birth certificate is demanded as an important document for one’s identity at any educational institution. Beyond that, asking for Aadhaar details is irrelevant.”