Human Resource Development Ministry made Aadhaar Mandatory for Scholarship Schemes

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The HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry has made Aadhaar Mandatory for Scholarship Schemes provided to the meritorious school students from EWS (Economically Weaker Sections).

Principals of Schools Directed to Ensure the Enrolment of the Beneficiaries

According to a notification published by the HRD Ministry on February 15, the interested students who wanted to avail scholarship benefits under ‘National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme’ have to get enrolled under Aadhaar by June 30.

The notification states that the responsibility to collect Aadhaar from students or to authenticate them, as the case may be, shall be on the Principal of the School concerned, in coordination with parents or guardians of the children.

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The school Principals will have to make arrangements to take children to the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. Around 2.05 lakh students were beneficiaries of the scheme in 2015-16, launched in 2008. The scheme aimed at arresting school dropouts at class VIII and encourage children to continue their studies at the secondary stage.

The eligible (meritorious) students are awarded by a scholarship of Rs. 500 every year for study in classes from IX to XII in State government, government-aided and local body schools.

Aadhaar has also been made mandatory for 12 scholarship schemes administered by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for Scheduled Caste, Other Backward Classes (OBC), economically backward classes and semi-nomadic and nomadic tribe students. Such students need to apply for Aadhaar by March 31.

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