The Supreme Court order prohibits CBSE, IITs and the UGC from making Aadhaar number mandatory for examinations like JEE Main, UGC NET and CAT held by IIMs.
The SC has stated on March 7 that unique identification number Aadhar cannot be made compulsory for any national Entrance Exam. See All India Entrance Exams
Chief Justice Dipak Misra heading the bench passed the interim order in a challenge to making the 12-digit number mandatory for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 for admission to medical courses.
According to court orders as an alternative other ID proofs such as ID, passport or ration card can be used for registration or for entry to examination hall for NEET 2018 Exam. This means even a candidate who has Aadhaar is not required to produce it for appearing in national entrance tests like NEET
The last date to submit applications for NEET conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is 9 March.
Apart from the NEET candidates, the interim order also prohibits CBSE, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) from making the unique number mandatory for examinations like Joint Entrance Exam (JEE-Main) and National Eligibility Test (NET) and the Common Admission Test held by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).
The court also directed the centre to inform CBSE to follow the order and upload it on its website so that students are better informed. Since CBSE is the test delivery partner for most national entrance tests, including JEE-Main, NEET, UGC-NET and Central Teacher Eligibility Test.
Earlier this year, CBSE had issued notifications making Aadhaar must for appearing in several national entrance tests.
A Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Misra and justices D.Y. Chandrachud, A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar and Ashok Bhushan is hearing the case against the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar.
The order was passed on an appeal by one Abidali Yusufbhai Patel, who had specifically challenged Aadhaar being made must for filling up NEET enrolment forms. Patel had challenged a 27 February order passed by the Gujarat high court, which refused to grant interim relief to students seeking exemption from submitting Aadhaar while appearing for JEE Main 2018 and NEET.
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