Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cancelled its previous order of making Aadhar card mandatory in at least 211 schools affiliated to CBSE outside India.
The Board had directed schools to set up Aadhaar Card enrolment centre and encourage students for their registration in Class X and XII.
Several school located outside India reached out to board and asked it to modify the decision. Now, CBSE has revoked the decision.
In a letter issued to 211 schools in 25 foreign countries, the Board acknowledged that it received several communications from affiliated schools expressing their inability to provide Aadhaar number to their students as these schools are on foreign land.
“It has been decided to waive the requirement of Aadhaar number in respect of students of foreign Schools. Alternatively the foreign candidates/schools may use Passport number in place of Aadhaar number while submitting candidates for online registration of class IX/XI and list of Candidates for class X/XII,” it added.
In India, Aadhaar Card has been considered as one of the key documents for registration of several subsidised services by the government.