Several candidates from Aurangabad’s Marathwada appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-PG) were taken aback when the examination centre rejected their e-Aadhaar as identity proof. As per the authorities at the centre the National Board of Examinations (NBE) had issued a decree stating that the e-Aadhaar would not be valid. The decree was issued two days after the commencement of the exam.
Earlier the Union government had mentioned that the e-Aadhaar would serve as a valid identity proof. This is the reason why the students and their parents were agitated on learning otherwise. As per them, there was no prior intimation about the e-Aadhaar being invalid.
“The NBE had allowed me to appear for the DBM entrance exam in June 2016. The NEET-PG admit card issued by NBE did not mention that e-Aadhaar would be considered invalid. Since I came all the way from Nanded, I had no chance to go back and get another identity proof. This apathetic attitude of the board has ruined my career,” said Abhishek Rapte, a student from Nanded whose two years of efforts were wasted because of this change.
Another student, Amruta Loya shared that she too did not receive any information about the e-Aadhaar being invalid. She told the exam coordinators that her parents were on their way from Jalna with other ID proofs and requested them to let her appear for the exam but in vain. Her father Kailash Loya, a public prosecutor said, “This is unfair. The students are harassed for no fault of theirs. We will drag the board to the court and seek justice”. Many other parents echoed the same.