In spite of the short deadline given, much of which was part of year-end winter break and on a non-mandatory exercise of profiling interest and background (Link), there are well above hundred submissions within this 4th Jan. deadline. It needs some time to process them and arrive at clusters of interest / strength and, use it as additional input to Call-for-Proposal workshop. A quick browse through these submissions show that though there are response from some of the NITs / IIITs / IISERs, some other could have missed this web based announcement. Accordingly, an email communication is sent to all these institutes today and the deadline is extended to 11th Jan., 2015.
While the current submissions are processed, the extended deadline can be used by those faculty team who might have sent email copy but missed online submission or the reverse, and thereby complete the submission process.