The newly opened IIT-Gandhinagar received nearly half of the 700-odd applications for faculty positions from NRIs, teaching in premiere universities all over the world. It was reported by the Director of IIT-Gandhinagar, Sudhir Kumar Jain, that at least three NRIs teaching in prestigious universities in the US and Singapore will join them by the end of December. The institute has received over 300 applications from NRIs teaching in universities across UK, US, Europe, Japan, Israel, South Korea, Canada and Singapore for teaching positions.
The three faculty members who are expected to join by December include Sameer Dalvi who specialises in solid-solid reaction and phase equilibrium. Dalvi, who did his PhD from IIT-Bombay, currently teaches in Columbia University. Sriram Kanvah too has a PhD from IIT-Bombay and specialises in bio-organic chemistry. The third faculty to join is Surendra Ranganath who completed his doctorate from University of California, specialises in digital image and signal processing and currently teaches at National University of Singapore. A large number of senior faculties, who have retired from IIT-Bombay are also expected to join IIT-Gandhinagar. The NRIs are attracted for reasons of stable economy, despite battle with recession and the sentiments attached to returning home.