The government of India has provided the facility for all its citizens to link their Aadhaar cards with their caste certificates. The main motive of linking the Aadhaar card to the caste certificates is to identify all the bona fide students who belong to scheduled castes/tribes so that they can benefit from facilities offered by the Government of India. This will help the students to get free admission in educational institutions all across the country and avail other academic facilities.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has made it easy for the students to link their Aadhaar card to caste certificates. School principals are made responsible for collecting the certificates and Caste Certificate Form from students and submitting them to respective officials. The Government of India has requested all the state governments to submit both caste certificates and domicile certificates of all the students that are granted within a period of 60 days so that they can be linked to the Aadhaar cards of respective students.
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Students, who link Aadhaar card to the caste certificates, will be able to receive the following benefits with ease:
- Government Scholarships: Students of families with total income less than Rs. 1 lakh per annum belonging to ST, SC, or OBC categories, will be given scholarships for pursuing higher studies.
- Reservation in Institutes like IITs and IIMs: Students who belong to ST, SC or OBC will get a reservation of 49% in the most prestigious educational institutions of India such as IITs, IIMs, etc. by linking Aadhaar card to their caste certificates.
- Reservations in Government Jobs: Aspirants coming from SC, ST or OBC categories will be charged a lower fee for application forms for all types of government jobs. There are also certain seats reserved for the backward classes in various government jobs.