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MeitY teaming with Amazon Web Services to start on Quantum Computing Applications Lab

January 20, 2021

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to establish a Quantum Computing Applications Lab in India. This will give India’s science and technology fields a huge boost. The new lab will give quantum computing-led projects and development a boost, and there will potentially be new scientific discoveries because of this.

MeitY intends to boost India’s technology and science sectors with this Lab

The lab will also provide quantum computing services to members of the government, researchers, scientists, developers, and others. This way, quantum computing will benefit Indian manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace engineering, and agriculture among other sectors. It will also address problems with ongoing quantum research and work with experts from the government, academia, industry, and scientists. These experts will be given access to the lab’s quantum hardware at no cost, and software is accessed through Amazon Braket as well.

‘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. Enabling our scientific community with advanced technologies plays a key role towards scientific advancements and learning.’

Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY

This is AWS’ first lab that supports a national government’s mission to drive progress. It will allow the Indian government to better progress in the fields of science, academia, and developing, aligning with state-formed plans. AWS will provide hosting and technical and programmatic support for the Lab.

‘By supporting the MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab, we aim to make quantum computing available to more scientists, researchers, developers and organisations, enabling them to access and experiment with the technology, and explore the practical applications of quantum algorithms.’

Max Peterson, Vice President, International Sales, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

The MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab is poised to help both governmental and scientific parties test quantum technologies and find real-world applications in the perfect environment.