UIDAI to schools: Admissions can’t be refused for lack of Aadhaar

New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday asked schools not to refuse admission to students for lack of Aadhaar and said such denials are “invalid” and “not permitted under the law”.

UIDAI’s move is expected to offer relief to parents and students who are left in a lurch when schools insist on Aadhaar number at the time of admission.

Taking a stern view of cases where few schools had denied admission to children in absence of Aadhaar, the UIDAI said, “it must be ensured that no children are deprived/denied of their due benefits or rights for want of Aadhaar”.

The Aadhaar-issuing body also said that it is “obligatory” for the states to arrange through their education departments and district administrations the Aadhaar enrolment camp in all schools at least twice a year.

‘Schools should help students enrol’

  • The UIDAI has asserted that under Aadhaar rules it is the ‘responsibility’ of schools to arrange for enrolments and biometric update facility for students who are not yet assigned an Aadhaar number, or those whose biometrics are not updated in the database.
  • The nodal body for Aadhaar also exhorted schools to co-ordinate with local banks, post offices, state education department and district administration, to facilitate special camps for such enrolment and updation to take place.