After a new Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) was carved out of the Aayog, it became imperative that more hands and professionals would be required to handle the work of these additional bodies.
These professionals would also be needed to help out the Aayog's new members.
Recently, the Aayog engaged five top students from IIMs to help in its work.
The members and the vice-chairman are assisted by a team of consultants drawn from outside the government machinery and also young professionals who are recruited from time to time.
In the previous Planning Commissions, too, there had been attempts to rope in people from the private sector into the government set-up.
In its earlier attempts to engage people as consultants and young professionals, the Aayog received an overwhelming response from people.
Officials said that when it first started recruiting for the seven consultant posts, the Aayog received around 3,500 applications, while for the 20 post of young professionals, it received over 4,400 applications.
The consultants and young professionals are either attached to the vice-chairman and Aayog members or with the different bodies and cells within the Aayog.