Funding Working Group

The Funding Working Group on is a standing body of the South Asia Open Archives, reporting to the SAOA Executive Board and working in close consultation with the Program Coordinator and other Working Groups.

Members of the Funding Working Group:

Abhijit Bhattacharya, Centre for Studies in Social Studies, Calcutta (CSSSC) (chair)

Gary Hausman, Columbia University

Michael Hopper, Harvard University

Laura Ring, University of Chicago


The Funding Working Group provides recommendations to the Executive Board on all matters associated with the financial wellbeing of SAOA. These include, but are not limited to:

  • fundraising from external sources
  • developing cash flow projections
  • soliciting new members


The Funding Working Group contributes to the financial stability of SAOA. It participates in shaping the vision of SAOA as the initiative grows and develops over time.


The Funding Working Group is composed of at least three members from SAOA member institutions appointed by the Executive Board. At least one member will be from the Executive Board and that member will chair the Working Group. The Project Coordinator participates in meetings of the Working Group. The term of service on the Working Group, other than for the chair, will be one year to encourage broad participation over time by SAOA member institutions.

Tasks, Timelines, and Deliverables:

Tasks, timelines, and deliverables for the Working Group will typically be recommended by the Executive Board. The Working Group may also propose tasks within its purpose that contribute to the SAOA mission.


The Funding Working Group will report to the Executive Board at least quarterly and more often if requested. The Executive Board will be responsible for reporting recommendations by the Working Group to the SAOA membership.

Approved by the OAi Executive Board on May 26, 2016

Featured: Unique Urdu and Hindi Collection

Prof. Robert Phillips, lecturer for the Program in South Asian Studies at Princeton University, teaches courses in Hindi-Urdu and South Asian Studies, and has used both South Asia Materials Project (SAMP) and CRL resources to support different research, writing, and teaching projects.

Accessing Āmukha in SAMP’s holdings offered an opportunity to incorporate the crucial - but often less-collected - genre of the little magazine into his research on Hindi modernism and a subsequent conference presentation.