IIT Delhi in a notice to employees asked them to urgently share their Aadhar numbers as well as linked phone number. This is not the first time when IIT Delhi asked for the Aadhar number. The teacher was not agreed with sharing numbers. But this time, circular states that if a teacher does not want to share their Aadhaar number, they need to explain why this won’t share this information.
The circular is marked urgent, and the text reads: “The above data is required by MHRD urgently, which includes the mobile numbers of all faculty.” IIT Delhi’s heads of departments have been directed to collect this information before the end of July and to note the reasons for dissent from teachers who don’t want to share this information.
There have chances of the fake teacher in the universities. Prakash Javadekar, the Union Human Resource Development Minister, had claimed during the release of the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2017-18, that about 80,000 ‘ghost’ teachers had been detected through Aadhaar, RTI activists say the government appears to have lost interest in either identifying them or proceeding against them.
IIT Delhi not only asking the personal information of teacher, but they gave the order to register their number through a publicly accessible Google Sheets file that anyone can open. According to Livemint report, at the start of the year that around 130,000 teachers in colleges were ‘fake’ – nearly a tenth of the approximately 1.4 million college teachers in India.
However, WIRE reported, RTI activists said that this entire claim is bogus and that the government has taken no action. There was either no data to support this claim, or the ministry did not follow-up its findings with any detailed inquiry.
At the one hand, IT asked the Aadhar number for identified the teacher, on the other hand, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court is expected to give its judgement on the validity of Aadhaar, which could make this entire data collection exercise worthless.