The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi) has established a Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT). As the name suggests, the center will focus on research and development of various aspects of quantum technologies, actively collaborating with industry and government agencies on product development.
The center also aims to promote interdisciplinary research, collaborate with other research laboratories in India and abroad, and impart relevant skills to the students to pursue successful careers in quantum technology, the institute says. It is currently led by Dr. Sayak Bhattacharya and nine faculty members from different disciplines are involved. Since August, the center has been running a BTech minor program in quantum technologies together with the ECE department of the institute.
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“Quantum technology has emerged as the key to the future. The general sentiment about this platform is full of surprises and promises. In recent years, leading universities and industries around the world have worked tirelessly to apply the principles of quantum mechanics to revolutionize computer science, strengthen the security of communications networks, and design materials and circuits with unprecedented efficiency and capabilities,” said IIIT Delhi.
“The Center for Quantum Technologies at IIIT-Delhi will engage in interdisciplinary research and development in quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum materials and devices. It will work to develop affordable solutions with a focus on India-specific opportunities and requirements. It will also help develop a skilled workforce at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels that can advance quantum technologies in India,” said director, Prof. Ranjan Bose, in an official statement.
Prof Ravindra Pratap Singh of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) Ahmedabad, who participated in several discussions with the center during its establishment, congratulated IIIT-Delhi and said: metrology and quantum materials will be disruptive. It will change the way we calculate, communicate and measure time and displacement. IIIT-Delhi should be commended for taking the right step at the right time by establishing a quantum technology center to focus its efforts on this exciting field of science and technology and train high-quality human resources for the industry.
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