In an order, the Supreme Court of India has directed CBSE not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for students registering for NEET UG 2018.
In the latest event, the Supreme Court (SC) of India has directed to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrollment of students who seek to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The NEET UG 2018 exam is to be held for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses across the country on May 6, 2018.
A bench comprising of five judges headed by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra, directed the CBSE to upload the information on their official website. In the earlier development, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Aadhaar issuing authority, told the SC that it has not authorized CBSE to mandatorily take the Aadhaar number of students who want to enrol for NEET UG exam this year.
The decision came on a plea that was filed against CBSE challenging its decision to mandatorily seek Aadhaar number from students registering for the NEET UG exam. The SC of India questioned the centre about the issuance of such a notification by authorities, especially when the apex court has issued a series of interim orders time and again stating clearly that Aadhaar would continue as a voluntary document till it takes the final decision on its constitutional validity.
The SC also made it very clear that this order would not just cover NEET 2018 but also all other all India exams scheduled for the near future. The SC also ordered CBSE, NEET UG exam conducting body, to upload its order on its website.
After this decision, students who were not able to register for NEET UG so far owing to issues related to Aadhaar can now register for it. Currently, NEET UG 2018 registration process is on and to close on March 9, 2018 (11:50 PM IST). After the SC order, it is highly likely that CBSE extends NEET UG registration date.