The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will establish a Quantum Computing Applications Lab in the country.
The lab will be established in collaboration with AWS to accelerate quantum computing led research and development and enable new scientific discoveries. The lab will provide quantum computing as a service to government ministries and departments, researchers, scientists, academia and developers, to enable advances in areas such as manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture and aerospace engineering.
AWS will provide hosting with technical and programmatic support for the Lab. This MeitY initiative will provide scientific, academic and developer communities access to a quantum computing development environment aligned with the government’s science and technology priorities.
Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY said, “Today, we are delighted to take another significant step in India’s science and technology journey with the establishment of the MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab with the support of AWS.”
“An early and successful foundation in quantum computing is important to achieve leadership in this emerging field. The MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab, established with the support of AWS, is the first of its kind initiative in the world, and aims to enable India’s talented researchers to explore the unchartered applications of quantum computing, and pave the way for new discoveries and disruptions,” said Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY.
“Quantum computing has the extraordinary potential to help countries leapfrog technology generations, achieve scientific leadership and deliver answers to complex economic and social challenges. This initiative will augment India’s ongoing efforts in developing Quantum Computing Applications,” said Abhishek Singh, President & CEO, National e-Governance Division (NeGD), MeitY.
“We congratulate MeitY for its visionary leadership as it empowers the scientific community in India,” said Max Peterson, Vice President, International Sales, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services.
“By supporting the MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab, we aim to make quantum computing available to more scientists, researchers, developers and organisations, enabling them to access and experiment with the technology, and explore the practical applications of quantum algorithms,” added Peterson.
“Limited access to quantum computing hardware and expertise, and complex infrastructure setup and management, are challenges that scientists and researchers face today, in their quest for scientific discovery,” said Rahul Sharma, President, Public Sector – AISPL, AWS India and South Asia.