When students were appearing for HSC exams at Wilson College in Chowpatty and Dr Shirodkar High School in Parel, the venues were also hosting an ad film shoot and a marriage respectively, complaints received by the state education board claim.
While Wilson College said the shoot was confined to one room, Shirodkar school said their are two buildings in the premises, and the wedding and exams were held in different buildings.
“There was a generator van, lights and crew moving around the campus. All of these posed a risk to students’ safety,” said a professor from Wilson College, requesting anonymity, who complained to the state board.
But officials from the collector’s office stopped the shoot, said college staffers. The professor also complained to the Gamdevi police station that one of the bouncers hired for the shoot pushed him when he tried taking pictures of the shoot to send to the board.
College principal, VJ Sirwaiya said the shoot was not disturbing the students, as it was held in just one hall in the campus. “There are a few disgruntled elements who are trying to make an issue out of nothing. We have a five-acre campus,” he said.
At Dr Shirodkar School, activists complained students were disturbed by the music played at a wedding being held in the campus. However, a school spokesperson said, “The wedding was held in a different building. No one was disturbed.”
Board officials said they are investigated the matter. “We sent our officials to check the situation at both places, but it was found the students weren’t disturbed. However, schools and colleges must not rent out premises during exam time,” said Siddheshwar Chandekar, secretary of the board’s Mumbai division.