Ceiling falls at College of Vocational Studies, 5 students hurt
A section of the false ceiling in a College of Vocational Studies classroom allegedly collapsed and injured students on Friday.
The false ceiling in room no 107 of the college’s new building allegedly collapsed during a morning Hindi class. Sources have claimed that at least five of the 50-odd students in the classroom were hurt.
“One student needed first aid care... This is scary. It is a new building, that was handed over in 2015. Even the fan was left dangling,” said a faculty member of CVS.
RNP Singh, the chairperson of the governing body of CVS, however, maintained that it was a minor incident that did not warrant panic. “It was the light thermocol pieces that are used for false ceiling, that came undone. It was not heavy enough to hurt anybody,” he said.
RK Chopra, a retired associate professor who worked in the commerce department of CVS, has written to the governing body asking them to seal the building until it can be ascertained that the building is safe for occupation.
“Just five or six months ago, Room number 104 had been completely caved in... According to data we got in response to an RTI we had filed, the college had spent close to Rs 5.5 crore. That means close to 20 lakh rupees have been spent on ‘porta cabin’ rooms. Rooms made with cement and concrete may have been cheaper,” said Chopra.
Singh countered that one would have to architect or contractor to figure out the expenses. “Only they can tell exactly how much such rooms cost,” he said.
Chopra’s cohort has also asked that an FIR be filed against the architect and contractor.