Sunday, 10 March 2013

Research work costing Ph. D students dearly - Source LT

Rates of typing, binding shoot up by a whopping Rs. 12,000 in five years

Everyone is reeling under the impact of high prices. And Ph. D aspirants are no exception, who are made to shell out big sums in the form of typing and binding charges.
The cost of getting a research work typed, including binding charges, used to be in the range of Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 some days ago, which has now shot up to Rs 20,000.
There are 200 to 250 DTP centres in the city and a majority of them are located in the university area, Connaught Place, near High Court, Zill Parishad and a few near government offices. They charge a fixed rate per page for typing. Put together, the charges of typing and binding have gone up by nearly Rs 12,000 in the last five years.
For a single page, the typing charge was Rs 8 some five years ago, which has now gone to Rs 20. The total expenses for the five sets of a Ph.D thesis used to be in the range of Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000, which have now gone to Rs 20,000.
Typing work is completed within 10 to 12 days and one print is given for carrying out corrections. Once corrections are carried out, all five copies are given for binding. The entire process, including typing, proof reading and binding, generally take two months. The total cost might be higher than Rs 20,000 depending upon how often corrections are made in the original copy, says a DTP operator.

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