CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) and IT solutions provider Mphasis specializing in cloud and cognitive services have signed a memorandum of understanding for applied research in quantum computing. Mphasis F1 Foundation, (the CSR arm of Mphasis) has extended a grant of Rs 21 crore over five years for this initiative.
The partnership will help create a hub for quantum science and technology that produces top-quality graduates, democratize access to education in quantum technologies and assist startups in the specific domain, among others.
Countries all over the world are increasingly seen investing in R & D in the field of quantum and this partnership will fortify India’s leadership in quantum information, develop comprehensive training, and create quality resources for education and training in quantum computing, the parties said in a statement.
Additionally, the collaboration will democratize quantum learning through training programmes tailored to specific industries, online certification programs through the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), and continuing education through IITM’s web enabled MTech programme in Quantum Science and Technology (QuST).
“This partnership will create a consortium of government, academia and industry that will focus on research, bringing together multidisciplinary teams to solve challenges currently limiting the industrial applications of quantum science and technologies. This hub or quantum centre will also collaborate with global universities and disseminate its research findings through workshops, peer-reviewed papers, and conferences,” said Mahesh Panchagnula, dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT-Madras.
“Our collaboration with IIT-Madras and the Government of India will enable us to harness the vast potential of quantum computing, enabling top capabilities and skills development for the future,” said Srikanth Karra, chief human resources officer (CHRO), Mphasis.