Dear Readers and Friends of The Annual of Urdu Studies (AUS),
As you know, the AUS is not a profit-making enterprise and it has managed to stay alive largely thanks to the hard work of its two-person, part-time staff and to the financial support of the Center for South Asia, the Graduate School, and the College of Letters and Science of the University of Wisconsin, and, mainly, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), which has heroically assumed the responsibility, for the past four years, to pay the half-time salary of the Assistant Editor without whose exemplary service the AUS would have folded a long time ago.
The AIPS now finds that it must curtail its support. It has generously agreed to support the Annual at its earlier rate of $4000 per year, and for this coming year has found some additional funds such that it will be able to provide up to $10,000. Unfortunately, this amount is still too small to keep the AUS alive. We immediately need to raise $7000 to even publish the next issue, our 25th. What will happen next depends on whether all of you in the Urdu community at large are willing to assume responsibility for the dissemination of knowledge regarding Urdu humanities. With the AIPS contribution, a sum of about $14,000 for the Assistant Editor’s half-time salary/benefits will be needed for the coming year to keep the AUS alive.
Please take a moment and think seriously about whether this journal, the only one of its kind in the West, merits being kept alive. If you think it has performed a valuable service to the scholarly world and the Urdu community, please send a contribution payable to: University of Wisconsin Foundation with "Annual of Urdu Studies/12546746" in the memo line.
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