UGC revokes its Aadhaar diktat

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 10 September 2018

UGC had requested all colleges and institutions to introduce security features in the marksheets and certificates issued by the university to students enrolled in different programs of study in March 2017. 

PUNE: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has revoked the requirement of furnishing Aadhaar details for availing student certificates. 

They have stated that storing Aadhaar details for public use will be breach of security and confidentiality of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

UGC had requested all colleges and institutions to introduce security features in the marksheets and certificates issued by the university to students enrolled in different programs of study in March 2017. 

It had then cited the reason to do as that such measures will be useful for the purposes of verification and curbing duplication and also bring uniformity and transparency within and across the higher education system in the country.

However, UGC has now issued another circular revoking its previous circular.

Earlier colleges and institutions were asked follow identification mechanisms like demanding students to provide their photograph and Unique/Aadhaar number in student’s certificates. 

“As of now all other identification mechanism will remain in place except Unique ID/Aadhaar number. The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 prohibits publishing and displaying the Aadhaar number publicly. Therefore, you are requested not to publish or display the Aadhaar number of the students publicly,” said Rajnish Jain, secretary of UGC.

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