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SC reprieve for Assam medical aspirants

* Aadhaar not mandatory for NEET 2018

GUWAHATI, March 8: Medical aspirants from Assam have heaved a sigh of relief following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Aadhaar number cannot be made mandatory for enrolment of students appearing in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), 2018.
The apex Court on Wednesday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to make the Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of students appearing in NEET 2018. The CBSE conducts the NEET to select students for admission into MBBS courses in medical colleges across the country. The NEET 2018 is scheduled to be held in the first week of May.
Earlier, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) informed the Supreme Court that it had not authorized the CBSE to mandatorily take the Aadhaar number of students to get enrolled for appearing in the NEET 2018 examination.
The UIDAI has also said that in States like Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir other identity proofs like passport, voter card and ration card can be used by the CBSE for enrolling students in the examination.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling is a great relief and has ended our uncertainty whether we will be able to appear for the NEET without Aadhaar number. We were earlier told by our institutions that if the CBSE remained adamant on Aadhaar number there would be hassles in appearing for NEET 2018,” Ashraf Zaman, a student preparing for the NEET said.
Ankur Barua, another medical aspirant, said that the Guwahati Office of CBSE told me to get the Aadhaar number without any delay to appear for NEET. “I was very nervous and depressed since the process of Aadhaar enrollment has not picked up in the State. The Supreme Court ruling is a great relief for me,” Ankur said.
The Directorate of Medical Education, Assam has too welcomed the apex Court ruling.