A day after a few publishers moved high court to put a stop to photocopied matter of their books being sold in Delhi University’s (DU) photocopy shops, teachers and students are up in arms against the move.
Till now, photocopy shops in DU copied and sold collective packs of all prescribed reference books. Teachers say that this move will severely affect students’ reference work.
“Even though students should first access the college library, there is usually just one book that 50 students have to share among themselves. Also, at times, it is also difficult for libraries to source some books,” said Sanam Khanna, professor of English, Kamla Nehru College.
While a campaign to protest the move has also been launched on Facebook, teachers say that this move can have far reaching ramification, giving rise to cheaper duplicates.
While some students said that readings for some subjects such as economics and math were expensive and in short supply, others said this abrupt move will affect their preparations for the upcoming exams.
“No photocopies are available now for many subjects. With exams in November, we have just two months left to prepare for all these subjects with no books available,” said Dhruv Khurana, a student of Sri Venkateswara College.
Said Tanya Jain, a student of Moti Lal Nehru College, “Buying complete readings is not feasible since usually a few sections of the readings need to be referred to.”