Disregarding Supreme Court order, the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently wrote to all central universities asking them to provide the names of research scholars getting a fellowship, along with their Aadhaar number.
Further, they asked all these universities to provide these details by the end of July so there is no duplication and only the real beneficiaries would get the benefit.
The news was confirmed
by a senior UGC official, who said that fellowships and scholarships in central universities have now been been linked to Aadhaar numbers from this academic year.
He further added that it has now been made mandatory for all scholars who has qualified the NET to provide their Aadhaar card number to their universities.
Even people availing Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) have been asked to provide their Aadhaar number so they can get their grant via ‘Direct Bank Transfer’.
The proposal, he said will ensure students get their fellowship amount on time and that there is no discrimination.
The move has made many students wary as they fear that this might make their grant late, while others are worried they will not get their grant as they do not have an Aadhaar number.
It must be noted that back in 2015 the Supreme Court had said that the Aadhaar card could be linked only to six government schemes.
These schemes were Public Distribution Scheme, LPG distribution Scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the National Social Assistance Programme, Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana and Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation.
The apex court had also added that besides these schemes Aadhaar was to be provided only on a ‘voluntary’ basis.