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Unveiling India’s Quantum Mission: Drive for Tech Excellence

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In a rapidly evolving technological landscape that fuels innovation and economic prosperity, Dr. Neeraj Mittal, Secretary of Telecom and Chairman of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), underscored the crucial role of standards in facilitating technology adoption and securing commercial viability. The commendable efforts of TEC in setting standards for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) were acknowledged, highlighting the significant contribution of such initiatives in pushing forward the boundaries of quantum technology.

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These points resonated powerfully during the inauguration of the Second International Quantum Communication Conclave. The event served as a common platform for diverse stakeholders – ranging from researchers and academia to industries and government bodies – united in their mission to promote standardisation activities and forge fruitful collaborations.

Aligned with the nation’s vision to position India as a global hub for Quantum Technologies, the conclave convened a diverse ensemble of experts from premier academic and research institutions, industries, and startups.

As India emerges as a potential leader in quantum technology, fueled by its robust research ecosystem and the innovative spirit of its startup community, a firm commitment from DoT to support and nurture startups in this domain is essential to seize this opportune moment.

This commitment was further solidified through a memorandum of understanding with the Pan-IIT USA network, aimed at facilitating global collaboration and mentorship in high-technology projects.

Beyond its role as a forum for knowledge exchange, the event sought to catalyse collaborative endeavours in Quantum Technologies and promote the formulation of standardised protocols and frameworks.

Notably, participants were treated to an array of demonstrations showcasing cutting-edge solutions, including Quantum Key Distribution Systems, Quantum-safe secure IP phones, Hardware Security Modules, Quantum chipsets, and Quantum Random Number Generators.

Dr Mittal reflected on the success of the previous International Quantum Communication Conclave, stressing the need to demystify quantum technology for broader public awareness. He reaffirmed DoT’s dedication to fostering innovation and collaboration in emerging technologies, expressing optimism for future quantum advancements.

Apart from its technological implications, the forum served as a platform for envisioning the transformative potential of Quantum Technologies across diverse sectors, including healthcare, energy, finance, telecommunications, and defence. Through concerted efforts and synergistic partnerships between industry players, academia, and government agencies, India stands poised to not only chart new frontiers in the global quantum landscape but also drive ground-breaking innovations that address societal challenges and propel economic growth.

In essence, the Second International Quantum Communication Conclave stands as a testament to India’s unwavering commitment to technological excellence and collaborative innovation. As the nation embarks on its journey towards quantum supremacy, guided by the principles of standardisation, collaboration, and inclusive growth, the stage is set for a quantum leap in India’s technological prowess on the global stage.

OpenGov Asia reported on the inaugural meeting of the Mission Governing Board (MGB) of the National Quantum Mission (NQM) which marked a significant leap in India’s pursuit of quantum technology advancement.

With a budget allocation of Rs. 6003.65 Crore (US$ 722 million) over eight years, the NQM aims to foster scientific and industrial R&D, positioning India as a global leader in Quantum Technologies & Applications (QTA) and creating a dynamic ecosystem for quantum technology development.

The board extensively deliberated on implementation strategies, including the establishment of a pivotal Mission Coordination Cell (MCC) and four thematic hubs dedicated to Quantum Computing, Quantum Communication, Quantum Sensing & Metrology, and Quantum Materials & Devices.

The central focus of the discussion revolved around the promotion of manpower development and the empowerment of startups. It underscored the critical need for enhancing human capacity through the empowerment of hubs and stressed the importance of industry engagement in technology and funding collaborations, advocating for the development of indigenous systems.


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