After last year’s success, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) has released another bombshell. With elections approaching Karnataka, students will now require Aadhar card to appear for the NEET this year.

As colleges in the city have acquired the move, some colleges have even declared a holiday for students who do not have Aadhar cards so that they can apply for one.

The NEET is necessary to take admissions to any MBBS and BDS courses in India in medical or dental colleges, run with the favor of the Medical Council of India (MCI) or Dental Council of India (DCI), respectively.

According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the use of Aadhar for the students appearing for NEET-2017 will be the proof of the accuracy of an applicant’s details.

Along with that, the hassle of multiple documentations at the examination centers is expected to come down as it would be an identity authentication for the applicants, which appears to be more convenient.

Since the provisions of the Aadhar Act and regulations under the Act – which came into effect on September 14, 2016 – has constrained the use of Aadhar number for the establishment of the identity of an individual, CBSE has decided to use Aadhar for the applicants of NEET 2017.

To apply for NEET 2017 online, candidates in possession of Aadhar will have to enter (as on Aadhar card) the name, number, date of birth and gender for the authentication of their identity.

Applicants who do not have Aadhar cards are needed to visit the closest Aadhar center set up by the CBSE to get an enrolment. CBSE has set up centers in every city of examination for such students to apply for the Aadhar enrolment.

In a case of problems regarding the issuance of Aadhar, students would be given a registration number that may be used at the time of application.

“It is an exciting way to go about it. Since JEE main had also commenced using Aadhar cards, I believe it was necessary for NEET also to use it. The good thing about Aadhar is that it’s just one document that gives us the entire data of the applicant.

While there aren’t many students who do not have Aadhar, the college management has chosen to give a day’s leave to the students who do not have Aadhar,” said Shivaprasad Bodepudi, principal, Sri Chaitanya PU College.

“There are a lot of students who do not give proper addresses; hence Aadhar is a good mandate for NEET. The move is for the welfare of the applicants as well as the education board,” said T Balakrishna, chairman and managing director, Venkat International Public School & Group of Institutions. “We have made arrangements so that the government authorities can come and help students who don’t have Aadhar cards.

We are also flexible to grant leave to students if they are in the process of enrolling for Aadhar.”

Aswathi Srinivas, a NEET applicant, said, “It is an excellent move because this way we would be sure of students appearing for NEET this year.

Providing Aadhar would facilitate attainment of information of the place where the applicant lives, and it tells whether the person is from the particular place.”

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