(The Gist of Science Reporter) Quantum Supremacy [DECEMBER-2019]
(The Gist of Science Reporter) Quantum
Quantum Computing Research in India
The Department of Science and Technology (D5T) has launched a mission
called Quantum Enabled Science and Technology (QuEST) with seed funding of
Rs 80 crores for three years. The first meeting of the QuEST programme was
held in January 2D19 at the International Institute of Information
Technology (IMT)-Hyderabad to lay out the roadmap for developing quantum
computer technology in India. In Phase I the programme will lay out the
basic infrastructure that is needed to promote research in this field.
Work Is likely to also focus on national security, as quantum computers
are expected to stimulate quantum level encrypted information as a
The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research [USER] at Mohali
is anchoring the work on quantum computers in the country under the Cyber
Physical Systems [CPS] programme by the Department of Science and
Technology. The multi-institutional, panIndia initiative is being funded to
the tune of Rs 300 crores to build an indigenous quantum computer and a
quantum communication network.
Subsequently the Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO), Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Department of Atomic
Energy [DAE) are all expected to join the effort.
The Initiative on Quantum Technology [IQT@IISc] at the Indian Institute
of Science, Bangalore has set itself a task of blending both concrete
deliverables and open-ended research investigations. Among its early
objectives is to deliver at least 8 qubit quantum superconducting transmon
processors, with basic characterisation and demonstration of toy
applications, And in preparation for a future demand for engineers in
Quantum computing, NT Roorkee became the first in India to introduce a full
semester elective on quantum computing in association with Microsoft.