The Centre told the Supreme Court today that an Aadhaar number is not compulsory to apply for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test AKA NEET examinations.
Aadhaar matter: Attorney General told the Supreme Court that the Centre has not authorised CBSE to make Aadhaar card a mandatory ID for #NEET examination.
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The Centre added that the UIDAI – which issues Aadhaar – has not authorized the CBSE to persist that medical study candidate has an Aadhaar number.
This information was conveyed to the top court which was hearing an appeal on the issue filed by a Gujarat resident. Past this month, the CBSE made Aadhaar number mandatory for the NEET application for this year.
During the course of hearing the plea, the apex court also asked “the Centre to take a decision soon on extending the March 31 deadline to mandatorily link Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile numbers. Any delay will create uncertainty, particularly in financial institutions.
“If you extend the deadline at the last moment then it will create a lot of confusion as it is the end of the financial year and banks have to ensure compliance,” the top court said to the Centre.
“I Have instructions from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that like in Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam other identity proofs like passport, voter card and ration card can be used by the CBSE for enrolling the students in the examination,” said Attorney General K K Venugopal.