The Aadhar card is now mandatory for college and university students who want to get scholarship or fellowship from either University Grant Commission (UGC) or the state government. A UGC official said that the commission has taken a decision to link the Aadhaar number of the students with their bank accounts so that they can obtain fellowship and scholarship without any difficulty. Universities and colleges have been asked to implement on this decision.
The UGC has asked the universities to appoint a regional officer on priority basis who will assist the students in this regard and also keep an eye on the institutes. The officer said that the Unique Identification Authority of India has taken the step to provide Unique Identification (UID) number to every resident of this country which will assist in effective implementation of the welfare schemes. He said that under this initiative the decision for adding direct cash transfer with the bank accounts of the students has been taken.
He told that the appointment of such officer will be compulsory for every college affiliated with the university. The officer related with the subjects of Aadhar card and scholarship will be in coordination with the state government. UGC has sent note to universities in this regard and asked to fast forward the work ahead. The University Grant Commission has also asked the students to take initiative in the direction of obtaining their Aadhar cards. However the last date for students to obtain the Aadhar card has not been declared yet.
Under the current practice, students apply for fellowship to UGC only after getting acceptance and recognition from the university. After that the amount is transferred into the account of the university and then students receive it through cheques.