Principals, vice-principals and teachers have been asked by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development to make sure that they have registered their Aadhaar card number in the U-DISE (Unified District Information System for Education). It contains all official data related to school education in the country.
As per Indian Express report, a circular was sent from the office of the Universal Elementary Education to schools on October 9, asking all heads of government, private and municipal schools to ensure that Aadhaar numbers of staff are entered in the system by October 13. This year, Aadhaar cards for students were made mandatory for admission to all Delhi government schools this year.
But many Delhi government school teachers said they are unaware of the latest development.
“We have not been told anything about the need for us to register our Aadhaar numbers. We have, in the past, never been asked to do so,” said Ajay Veer Yadav, PGT physical education at Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Karol Bagh.
Some schools, however, have already started the process of registering Aadhaar numbers in the U-DISE.
“The U-DISE has data of each school, including how many graduate and post-graduate teachers are in the school. But I don’t know why we are being asked to register our Aadhaar card. It is a government order so we have to follow it,” said Anurag Pandey, a teacher at Government Co-ed Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Rohini’s Sector 8.
A school principal said, “As the case of making Aadhaar mandatory is still with the Supreme Court, I don’t know how the government can ask us to register our numbers. But since there is a directive, we have to do it.”