The five years of IUCEE experience with over 200 engineering colleges in India has pointed to the very critical problem of faculty qualifications and quality. Majority of their faculty do not have a PhD, and even if registered for a PhD have inadequate research guidance due to the shortage of qualified guides. In most cases, PhD guides have far too many advisees and are located at distant campuses, resulting in very little interaction. The “eco-system” necessary for good quality PhD research guidance is missing. The proper eco-system needs researchers in a field to discuss their research problems regularly with each other and with expert guides. This problem is even more so with female faculty members. In this context IUCEE has approached our 300 US experts and found that a large number of them are willing to help co-advise Indian faculty pursuing PhD degrees.