2016 has seen great many changes introduced by the government of India and it’s authorised bodies in the country’s education system, from announcing plans to make world class universities to change the dynamic of learning being facilitated in schools/colleges. While the significantly growing numbers of scams and irregularities may have wronged the overall picture, the continuous efforts of MHRD, state governments and other bodies like UGC, CBSE are commendable.
Earlier in 2016, the centre decided to pass the resolution to replace all state/university level entrance exams with NEET for admission to MBBS/BDS courses. Many of the states and universities gladly nodded and which didn’t, are considering so. This in itself is a great move which kind of eases pressure on students who will now to focus on one exam in place of many.
But, one of the better decisions came when the examination conducting bodies started making Aadhaar Card mandatory to register for the exams. Few states like Haryana and Gujarat did it first with making Aadhaar mandatory for board exam aspirants and then CBSE also followed the path. If you must know, CBSE this year said that it is mandatory to provide your Aadhaar details while registering for JEE Main 2017 examination for Indian nationals.
And according to new reports, MHRD is working to link Aadhar to more exams i.e., CAT, NEET and NET. It won’t be long before Aadhaar is linked with most of the exams. To say that this move may also make it’s way to college/university enrolments, won’t be a far-fetched comment. Many of the organisations such as RRB and BSNL have also made Aadhaar necessary for candidates to apply for their recruitment processes.
While I’m sure there are countless who think making Aadhaar compulsory is forcing us to adopt the government’s new profound rule, there are some advantages to it. First off, it brings the transparency in the system. There are many candidates who are still in second or third year of their graduation but they register for the exams by increasing their age to meet the eligibility criteria and to also duplicate their category. This has led to a surge in the number of candidates applying/appearing for exams which then results in the sky-high cut-off marks.
If the boards, recruitment companies/organisations have the database of candidates (which sounds pretty creepy though, that govt has full information on you), they can they sort out the eligible aspirants. Just about in 2016, scores of scams involving cheating, wrongdoing have surfaced with one person impersonating as other in the exam. If Aadhaar gets linked, it will effectively pull this malpractice down. Plus, few months back SSC made some changes and started collecting data of students who were applying for exams held by it. This way, if a person’s candidature is legitimate, his/her data is saved at SSC sites and he/she can apply for the exams without submitting the same documents every single time.
There are surely many other benefits and demerits too. But if we have learnt anything, it’s that government bodies lack in timely and proper executive of a plan as can be seen in JEE case. CBSE announced in its notification that Aadhaar is now mandatory and is to be provided by every aspirant who seeks to apply for JEE exams but the board did not notified of the decision which left aspirants high and dry with just days to go. So, frustration of lakhs of people is justified.
Anyway, it would be interesting to see just how the government takes this initiative in the future and how good/bad this turns out.