Aadhaar not mandatory for enrolment in NEET and other national-level exams, says Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBSE not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of students appearing in NEET 2018 and other all India exams.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief justice Dipak Misra directed the CBSE to upload the information on their website.

Earlier in the day, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had told the apex court that it has not authorised CBSE to mandatorily take Aadhaar number of students to get themselves enroled for appearing in NEET 2018 examination.

 Aadhaar not mandatory for enrolment in NEET and other national-level exams, says Supreme Court

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Attorney General KK Venugopal had said he has instructions from 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 enroling the students in the examination.

The UIDAI's remarks came on a plea challenging the decision of CBSE seeking mandatorily the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrollment number from students who are aspiring to take up the NEET 2018 examination.

The Gujarat High Court had dismissed the plea on 27 February.

The appeal in Supreme Court challenges the order of Gujarat High Court.

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