In India, Academics Defend Photocopying of Textbooks for Course Packs

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Parivartan Sharma for The Chronicle

An employee makes copies at Rameshwari Photocopy Services, in New Delhi. Course packs are a way of life on campuses in India.

In early July, after the monsoon rains have washed away the last of an oppressive heat, students and their parents arrive in droves here at the University of Delhi to begin the academic year. It is a busy time for the roadside markets and other businesses near the campus, when they earn most of their annual income from sales of tea, snacks, T-shirts, and, most important, course packs.

But this year, confusion and unease pervade the dozens of photocopy shops that produce the packs,