Schools cannot refuse admission in absence of Aadhaar card, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said. UIDAI has termed denial of admission on grounds of not having an Aadhaar as “invalid”. It has also exhorted schools to co-ordinate with local banks, post offices, state education department and district administration, to facilitate special camps in their premises for Aadhaar enrollment and update.
In an official circular addressed to the Chief Secretaries of States, the UIDAI said that it has come across various instances of schools refusing admission in the absence of Aadhaar.
“It must be ensured that no children are deprived/denied of their due benefits or rights for want of Aadhaar,” says the circular.
Warning that such denials are “invalid and not permitted under the law”, the Aadhaar-issuing body has said that “no child should be denied admission and other facilities for lack of Aadhaar”.
The move by UIDAI is expected to come as a major relief to parents and students who have been facing difficulties due to schools insisting on Aadhaar number during admission.
“Till Aadhaar number is assigned or biometrics are updated for such students all facilities should be extended through alternate means of identification…,” the UIDAI has said.