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India’s Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology Announces Collaboration with Amazon Web Services to Develop a Quantum Computing Applications Lab

By IQT News posted 19 Jan 2021

(Live.Mint) India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop a Quantum Computing Applications Lab in the country. The lab is meant to provide access to quantum computing development environment for the developer, scientific and academic communities. “Enabling our scientific community with advanced technologies plays a key role towards scientific advancements and learning,” said Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY. Amazon will provide hosting with technical and programmatic support for the lab.
According to Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY, the initiative is a first of its kind in the world and will pave the way for “new discoveries and disruptions”. The government says this new lab will take inputs from Central and State governments, Research Institutions and Academia to identify problem statements in quantum computing. It will also invite applications from researchers and work with subject matter experts.

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