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Government of India & AWS Collaborate to Establish Quantum Computing Applications Lab

By IQT News posted 22 Jan 2021

(BusinessWorldIndia) The Government of India is taking a pioneering step of establishing a Quantum Computing Applications Lab, in collaboration with AWS. The focus of this initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), India is to provide scientific, academic, and developer communities an access to a quantum computing development environment, to align with the science and technology priorities of the government.
Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY is of the belief that quantum computing will play a key role scientific advancements and learning. He said, “India has a rich legacy in science, technology, and innovation. We believe that India’s path forward will be driven by achieving world-class scientific solutions”.
The Central and State Governments, Research Institutions, and Academia will be provided with a portal where they can register and propose their ideas. A subject matter expert from the government sector will then define the problem statements, and invite applications to address the same.
The selected applicants will be provided with an access to quantum computing hardware, simulators, and programming tools, via Amazon Braket. These will be provided on-demand and at no cost to enable scientists and developers to build algorithms, conduct advanced simulations, and run experiments.
This collaboration is all set to overcome the limitations and challenges that scientists and researchers are facing in their quest for scientific discovery. Rahul Sharma, President, Public Sector – AISPL, AWS India and South Asia, said, “Our collaboration with MeitY to establish the Quantum Computing Applications Lab will provide the breadth and depth of AWS services to the research, academic, and scientific community to overcome these challenges and focus on innovation”.

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