India & Finland to discuss co-operation on quantum computing

Delegates from Finland and India have recently discoursed probable areas of collaboration in quantum computing and a plan for the cooperative virtual CoE (Centre of Excellence) that is prearranged for set up.

Dr. S Chandrasekhar, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology (DST), while addressing the delegates at the round table meeting organized at DST, said that both the countries are trying to get industrial and academic partners who can help in developing quantum science and technology for the betterment of humankind and the planet in general.

It would be worth noting that the countries are committed to building global excellence in the field of quantum computing for achieving the best possible technologies in the shortest possible time.

Dr. Chandrasekhar highlighted the obligation to draw out the strengths and weaknesses of both nations in this area and working towards a plan together for overcoming the weaknesses by building the main group that would drive the initiative.

The meeting was hosted a day after the signing of Joint Declaration for building up the Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing in the presence of the Minister of State Earth Sciences; Union Minister of State Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Pensions, Personnel, Atomic Energy and Space, Public Grievances, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Mika Lintila, Visiting Finland Minister of Economic Affairs.

Petri Peltonen, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland, emphasized the need to combine the best of India with the best of Finland, leverage the scientific ecosystems and the strong IT communities of both the countries, and brace them for simplifying spin-offs.

Adviser at DST, Dr. KR Murali Mohan, while stressing on the potential for partnership via the Quantum Enabled Science and Technology (QuEST) program and the National Mission for Interdisciplinary Cyber-physical Systems, said that the long-term vision is building a product and research-driven collaboration. This could work towards supercomputing devices, communication technologies, sensors, space technologies, and many others.

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