Earlier in the day, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) told the court that it had not authorised the CBSE to mandatorily take Aadhaar number of students to get themselves enrolled for appearing in the NEET.
The Supreme Court directed the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrollment of students appearing in the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) 2018 and other all India exams. A five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief justice of India Dipak Misra, directed the CBSE to upload the information on their website.
On February 27, the Gujarat High Court dismissed a plea challenging the CBSE’s decision seeking Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number from those desiring to appear for the NEET. The appeal in the Supreme Court challenged the High Court order.
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had said he had 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 enrolling students in the examination.