Gujarat Board says Aadhaar not Mandatory for Board Exams

Within two days after declaring Aadhaar mandatory for 10th and 12th class students, Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has to take back its decision. Earlier this week GSHSEB announced that students have to compulsorily fill their Aadhaar numbers in the class 10th and 12th board examination forms.

Board’s decision was strongly opposed by schools, students and parents claiming that a vast section of students do not have Aadhaar card and with this rule coming into effect, thousands of students will be forced to waste their one year just to get their Aadhar cards. The board clearly announced that those students who do not have Aadhar card will not be able to fill up the board examination forms. GSHSEB issued a circular asking all the affiliated schools to inform students about this new rule for the upcoming board examinations in the state.

Board examination forms have to be filled in September and after seeing the shortage of time, schools and students heavily opposed board’s move about this mandate in the state. As a result of the strong protest across the state, the board was on back foot and it quickly realised its mistake and decided to call back its announcement made earlier this week.

Schools were strongly opposing board’s decision as they felt this will not only create unnecessary trouble for both student and school but also there does not appear any significant need to enforce this new rule on the students at this period. There is a very little time left before the new session’s board exams will be filled and it won’t be possible for several thousands of students to get their Aadhar card issued to them on time.

GSHSEB has now clearly confirmed that filling up Aadhar card in board examination form is not mandatory but rather an optional field. Those students who have 12-digit Aadhar card number can fill it while those who do not have Aadhar card can leave the field blank. Leaving the Aadhar card field blank will not disallow the students in appearing for the board examination which will be conducted next year.

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