The HRD Ministryhas announced that holding an Aadhaar card will be mandatory for college and university students applying to avail benefits under the Central Sector Scholarship Scheme and will have to furnish proof of possessing the same.
In a notification, the ministry said that those who do not have the card and are receiving these scholarships will be required to apply for enrollment by June 30 this year.
This move is expected to bring in transparency and enable beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner. According to PTI, making Aadhar mandatory removes the compulsion to submit multiple documents.
J&K exempted from rule
The official said that until the students do not get Aadhar card, they can apply for scholarship with their Aadhar enrolment ID slip, Aadhar enrolment application, voter identity card, PAN card etc. But this rule will be implemented by the ministry from the day of the publication of the notice in all Indian states except Jammu and Kashmir.
Recently, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) also made Aadhar compulsory for candidates applying to its vacant posts.
Similar provisions have also been made in the notification related to the Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme for schoolchildren. As per another notification issued by the ministry, students who wish to avail the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme will also have to apply for Aadhaar by June 30.