No Aadhaar number on college certificates, UGC directs varsities


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities to not print Aadhaar number of students on their marks sheets or certificates as it may breach the security and confidentiality of the unique identification numbers.

Earlier, the UGC asked universities to introduce identification mechanisms like printing photograph and Unique lD/Aadhaar number on students’ certificates.

The UGC letter in this regard 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 there under.”

According to the Aadhaar Act 2016, publishing Aadhaar details publicly is prohibited and one may get penalised for such offences.

The letter adds that other than the Aadhaar number, rest all mechanisms will remain in place.

The identification mechanisms introduced by the UGC were for the purpose of identification and curbing duplication. It is also supposed bring uniformity and transparency within and across the higher education system of the country.

Meanwhile, in another news the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI has asserted that schools cannot refuse admission to students not having Aadhaar and termed denial on such grounds as “invalid”.

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