IIIT Delhi establishes Center for Quantum Technologies

The Centre will focus on interdisciplinary research in quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum materials and devices.

IIIT Delhi (Source: Official Press Release)IIIT Delhi (Source: Official Press Release)

Vagisha Kaushik | November 21, 2022 | 01:54 PM IST

NEW DELHI: 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 different aspects of quantum technologies, engage with the industries and government bodies for product development, promote interdisciplinary research, collaborate with other research labs in India and abroad, and impart relevant skills to the students to pursue a successful career in quantum technologies.

The centre and the department of electronics and communication engineering at IIIT Delhi are already conducting a BTech minor programme in quantum technologies from August 2022.

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CQT is presently led by Sayak Bhattacharya and involves nine faculty members across different disciplines. The associated faculty members are skilled in all aspects of quantum technologies such as theory, design of novel materials, circuits, secured communication networks, and finally, their implementation.

Professor Ranjan Bose, director, IIIT Delhi, said, “The Center for Quantum Technologies at IIIT-Delhi will be engaged in interdisciplinary research and development in quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum materials and devices. It will work towards developing ‘affordable solutions’ with a focus on India-specific opportunities and requirements. It will also help develop skilled workforce at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels that can advance quantum technologies in India.”

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Professor Ravindra Pratap Singh from Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) Ahmedabad, who participated in several discussions with the Center during its inception, congratulated IIIT Delhi and said, “Quantum technology with its four verticals - Quantum computing, Quantum Communication, Quantum sensing and metrology, and Quantum materials is going to be disruptive. It will change the way we compute, communicate and measure time and displacement. IIIT-Delhi must be complimented for taking the right step at the right time by forming a Center of Quantum Technology to direct its effort in this exciting area of science and technology and training quality human resources for the industry.”

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