Despite the Supreme Court’s recent order, coaching centres are freely operating in residential neighbourhoods of Bhopal that residents say have become a nuisance.
Residents living in the neighbourhoods where coaching centres are run, say they are troubled by the noise and disturbance the coaching centre students create.
On March 8, the Supreme Court said coaching centres in residential areas were a nuisance to women and the elderly and must shift out to commercial premises or institutional areas.
“We were earlier living in a society in MP Nagar but students from nearby coaching centres created so much noise that we shifted to Lalghati,” says Harsh Daga, a resident.
Nikita Lalwani, a resident of Idgah Hill, says that the coaching centres students not only create ruckus they stand outside centres for hours and talk loudly or keep shouting.
Coaching centre teachers, too agree that students create nuisance. Students spend more than 6 hours in the coaching centres, they listen to music, watch videos during breaks for recreation, says Kavita Chakravarty, a faculty members at Quantam Classes.
“I don’t blame students for that as it is natural to be boisterous at their age, but at the same time residents are disturbed,” she says.
Coaching centres in residential neighbouhoods allow children who live nearby to attend classes and do not have to travel far, says Rakesh Yadav of Yadav Coaching Centre.
“When schools can run in residential areas, why can’t coaching centres?” he asks.
Children agree that they make noise during breaks between classes to overcome monotony of being confined with the four walls and to reduce study-related stress.
Chahak Nahta, a CA coaching student says, “Whenever we get short breaks, we gather in small groups and chat. It is necessary as we have so much tension of competitive exams and studies. We also eat and share our lunch and play pranks on each other.”
While another school Student Priya Lunawat says, “We roam around the coaching to take strolls for getting some fresh air. We usually discuss questions we didn’t get or school related issues. We go for a Maggie or tea break but this rest is needed in between classes.”
Nishi Jain, another student says that at times students sing songs loudly, which disturb residents. “We need some kind of recreation to break the monotony of classes,” she says.
Norms for operation
Coaching centres have to be registered with the municipal corporation, district administration or the police
If a coaching centre is operating in a particular society then it should have the approval of society’s committee
The centre should have fixed operation hours
Such activities cannot cause nuisance to general public
Coaching centre authority has to reveal its number of students to the police and should also have biodata of every student
In case of emergency, a coaching centre has to inform the police.