The notification, however, clarified that the department is seeking Aadhaar cards following directives from the Centre. The notification read – `The Government of India’s ministry of communication and IT, de par tment of electronics and IT has sought Aadhaar details of all children in the age group of 5 to 17 years.’ Following this, the school education department has established 10 UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) centres in each district, exclusively for students.
The department, on November 26, had issued a circular to all government and private schools stating that “the nominal rolls of SSC appearing candidates will not be accepted by the director of government examinations unless a certificate is enclosed stating that all candidates have been issued Aadhaar number”.
The move garnered a lot of criticism, especially from parents and school authorities, as there was hardly enough time to enroll for Aadhaar before the exams. Over 5 lakh students will appear for SSC next year.