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INDIA’S QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE



  Jun 20, 2024

INDIA’S QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE



1. What is India’s quantum technology initiative about?
India’s quantum technology initiative is a Rs 6,000 crore scheme aimed at advancing quantum computing and related technologies. It involves collaboration with IT firms and academic institutions to develop quantum software, hardware, and infrastructure.

2. Who are the key players involved in this initiative?
Major IT services companies such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL, and Tech Mahindra are key partners in this initiative. Leading research institutions like Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) will host specialized hubs for quantum technology development.

3. What are the specific goals and objectives of the initiative?
• Develop intermediate-scale quantum computers with 50-1000 physical qubits.

• Establish hubs for quantum hardware, encryption, sensors, and materials research.

• Advance quantum communications and network capabilities.

• Foster innovation and collaboration in quantum technology research.

4. When will funding disbursements begin?
Funding disbursements to startups and researchers are expected to begin from September, following the establishment of four thematic hubs by August 2024.

5. How does quantum computing benefit India?
• Accelerated problem-solving capabilities in cybersecurity, finance, and scientific research.

• Strengthened national security through quantum-secure communications.

• Enhanced technological self-reliance and leadership in emerging quantum technologies.

• Stimulated growth of quantum startups and a skilled workforce in India.

6. What are some of the specific projects under the initiative?
Projects include developing secure quantum communications, quantum sensors for precision applications, advancing quantum materials such as superconductors and semiconductor structures, and building a network of quantum computers. The initiative also aims to enhance India’s technological capabilities and prepare for future challenges in cybersecurity and communications security.

These FAQs provide a detailed insight into India’s quantum technology initiative, highlighting its strategic objectives, benefits, and potential impact on various sectors of the economy and national security.





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