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India and Finland discuss possible areas of cooperation in quantum computing for Virtual CoE

Delegates from India and Finland discussed possible areas of cooperation in quantum computing and a roadmap for the planned collaborative virtual center of excellence.

“Both countries are seeking academic and industrial partners who can help develop quantum science and technology for the benefit of humanity in particular and the planet in general. We are committed to achieving global excellence in this field to get the best possible technologies in the shortest possible time,” said Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr S Chandrasekhar, addressing delegates during a panel discussion organized at DST.

Dr. Chandrasekhar stressed the need to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of both countries in this area and work together on a plan to overcome the weaknesses by establishing a core group that will drive the initiative.

The meeting was held a day after the signing of the joint declaration for the establishment of the Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Center on Quantum Computing in the presence of the Union Minister of State (independent charge) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Visiting Finland Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Mika Lintila.

Mr. Petri Peltonen, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland, underlined the need to combine the best of Finland with the best of India, to use scientific ecosystems and countries’ strong IT communities and strengthen them in ways that facilitate spillovers.

“Our goal is a product and research-driven collaboration that can work towards supercomputing devices, sensors, communication technologies, space technologies and many more,” said Dr. KR Murali Mohan, Advisor, DST, while highlighting the potential for collaborations through the National Mission for Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems and through the Quantum Enabled Science and Technology (QuEST) program

Dr. Mika Tirronen, Counsellor, Education and Science, Embassy of Finland, spoke about the strength of Finnish quantum computing such as infrastructure, heritage, public funding, innovation-driven industry, strong ecosystem quantum as well as the Nordic spirit of perseverance.

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