The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT Delhi) has established a new Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT). The center will focus on leading the research and development of various aspects of quantum technologies, actively collaborating with industry and government agencies for product development, promoting interdisciplinary research, collaborating with other research laboratories in India and abroad, and providing students with relevant skills to pursue a successful career in quantum technologies.
CQT is currently managed by Dr. Sayak Bhattacharya and comprises nine faculty members from different disciplines. The numbers are expected to increase significantly in the coming years. The associated faculty members are highly skilled in all aspects of quantum technologies: theory, design of novel materials, circuits, secure communication networks and finally their implementation. The center will be instrumental in paving the way for an exciting time.
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“The Quantum Technologies Center at IIIT Delhi will engage in interdisciplinary research and development in the fields of quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum materials and devices. It will work towards developing “affordable solutions” with a focus on India-specific opportunities and needs. It will also help develop a skilled workforce at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels that can advance quantum technologies in India,” said the director, Professor Ranjan Bose, in an official statement.
Professor Ravindra Pratap Singh from the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) Ahmedabad, who participated in several discussions with the center during its inception, congratulated the IIIT Delhi and said: “Quantum technology with its four verticals – quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum sensing and metrology, and quantum materials will be disruptive. It will change the way we calculate, communicate and measure time and distance. IIIT Delhi must be commended for taking the right step at the right time by establishing a Quantum Technology Center to focus its efforts on this exciting area of science and technology and to train high-quality human resources for the industry.”
Quantum technology has emerged as the key to the future. The general mood about this platform is full of surprises and promises. In recent years, leading universities and industries around the world have worked tirelessly to apply principles of quantum mechanics to revolutionize computing, increase the security of communication networks, and design materials and circuits with unprecedented efficiency and performance.