UIDAI was created with the objective to issue Unique Identification numbers (UID), named as “Aadhaar”, to all residents of India that is (a) robust enough to eliminate duplicate and fake identities, and (b) can be verified and authenticated in an easy, cost-effective way.
According to the Aadhaar Act 2016, it prohibits the publishing of Aadhaar data publicly and also provides penalties for such offenses. The main motive behind introducing the identification mechanism was to curb the chances of duplication and to raise uniformity and transparency within and across the system of higher education in the country.
Recently, UGC has directed universities to not print Aadhaar number of students on their marks sheets or certificates issued by the universities.
Earlier UGC via a notice on 17th October 2014, in order to curb the ills and malpractices by use of digital technology, UGC requested to introduce security features in the mark sheets and certificates issued by the university to students enrolled in different programs of study.
UGC was of the opinion that, “Such features, of course, are useful for the purposes of verification and curbing duplication. At the same time, they help in introducing uniformity and transparency within and across the system of higher education in the country.”
In another notice on 21st March 2017, UGC asked universities to introduce identification mechanisms like a photograph and Unique ID/Aadhaar number in students’ certificates.
In a notice dated September 4, 2018, UGC has asked universities not to mention Aadhaar number of students on the mark sheets and certificates as it breaches the security and confidentiality of the Aadhaar numbers.
The UGC letter says, “it is for your kind information that printing of Aadhaar number on degree/certificate of a resident would be accessible to multiple people, thereby breaching the security and confidentiality of the Aadhaar numbers would be in violation of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and regulations framed thereunder.”
The letter says that other than the Aadhaar number, rest all mechanisms will remain in place.
The identification mechanisms were introduced for the purpose of identification and curbing duplication and also in introducing uniformity and transparency within and across the system of higher education in the country.
Meanwhile, in another news, the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI has asserted that schools cannot refuse admission to students for lack of Aadhaar and termed denial on such grounds as “invalid”.