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Time to take note(s)

Exam time in DU means sale of guides, photocopies and more.

education Updated: Mar 23, 2010 02:59 IST
Namya Sinha

Delhi University campus becomes one busy place before exam. Not only students get busy — shops and kiosks near colleges also do a brisk business in this season.

Brisk business
In the month of March a Xerox shop in the university area on an average does 1,500 to 2,000 photocopies in a day. “March is the heaviest month for us. We do not even get time to eat food. On a day we get more than 30 students wanting to get notes xeroxed. And each student at least gets 50 pages photocopied. Some leave their notes with us for two days because there is so much to be xeroxed,” says Vivek Tiwari of Vikas documentation located opposite Patel Chest in North Campus. The rates vary between 35 paise for one page going upto 1 rupees for a page at the more expensive shops.

Book sales
Around 400 to 500 guide books are sold by a single shop in this month before exams. “On an average more than a lakh (100,000) guides are sold in bookshops across the University area during this month before examinations,” says Pawan Aggarwal of Aggarwal book Depot in Kamla Nagar Market.

He adds, “ Mini Champion guides sells like hot cakes because most of the students are interested in readymade notes rather than investing time in making them (notes). At one time only guides for subsidiary books used to sell, but now all the subjects are popular.”

This season demand for getting laminations has also increased. 20 to 25 laminations are done by a single shop in a day, most of which are admit cards for examination. “Demand for lamination rises because admit cards are issued this month. As result we have students queing up”, says Rajesh Kumar of Happy Notes in Mukherji Nagar.