India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to establish a Quantum Computing Applications Lab, Powered by AWS

      WHY IN NEWS:

Pioneering initiative to apply quantum computing to advance India’s science and technology development initiatives and bolster economy

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The lab is World’s first quantum computing applications lab on AWS to support a national government’s mission to drive innovation.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in India will establish a Quantum Computing Applications Lab in the country, in collaboration with AWS.


The MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab will provide quantum computing as a service to government ministries.


It will also serve various departments, researchers, scientists, academia, and developers, to enable advances in areas such as manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and aerospace engineering.

AWS will provide hosting with technical and programmatic support for the Lab.


This MeitY initiative will provide scientific, academic, and developer communities access to a quantum computing development environment aligned with the government’s science and technology priorities.

Quantum computing is an emerging field that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to build powerful tools to process information.

It has the potential to solve computational problems that are beyond the reach of classical computers.


This can lead to new breakthroughs that can transform chemical engineering, material science, drug discovery, financial portfolio optimization, machine learning, and much more.

The aim is to enable India’s talented researchers to explore the unchartered applications of quantum computing, and pave the way for new discoveries and disruptions.


Amazon bracket will also enables scientists and developers to build algorithms, conduct advanced simulations, and run experiments.

Amazon Braket provides a development environment to enable users to explore and design quantum algorithms, test and troubleshoot them on simulated quantum computers, and run them on different quantum hardware technologies.

“Limited access to quantum computing hardware and expertise, and complex infrastructure setup and management, are challenges that scientists and researchers face today, in their quest for scientific discovery,”.


The Quantum Computing Applications Lab will provide the breadth and depth of AWS services to the research, academic, and scientific community to overcome these challenges and focus on innovation.

The MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab will help government bodies and the scientific community to identify problems and opportunities rapidly.

Outcomes from these experiments will help researchers evolve the problem statements, proof-of-concepts, and prototypes that will lead to the development of new applications, models, and frameworks in quantum computing.


“A core mission of MeitY is to identify and deploy technologies to promote innovation and discovery to help India advance, and achieve a more sustainable future.

Quantum computing has the extraordinary potential to help countries leapfrog technology generations, achieve scientific leadership, and deliver answers to complex economic and social challenges.

This initiative will augment India’s ongoing efforts in developing Quantum Computing Applications.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

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.

An early and successful foundation in quantum computing is important to achieve leadership in this emerging field.

The MeitY Quantum Computing Applications Lab, established with the support of AWS, is the first of its kind initiative in the world.

     SOURCES:    PIB  | IASbhai Current Affairs 2021

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