India, Finland to establish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing

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India and Finland on Monday announced establishment of an Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing and signed a formal MoU to that effect here.

The MoU was signed in the presence of visiting Finnish Economic Affairs Minister, Mika Lintila and India’s Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh.

Singh said that bilateral STI collaboration between the two countries is an attempt to stimulate innovative R&D projects that address a specific need or challenge, demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential, and aim to deliver benefit to both the nations.

The Indian side has identified three premier institutes viz IIT Madras, IISER Pune and C-DAC Pune for the Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing. The move comes in the wake of the decision taken in the last joint committee meeting held in November 2020 to initiate cooperation in new emerging areas such as 5G, Quantum Computing and sustainability by involving academia, industries and startups of the two countries.

“The Department of Science & Technology has initiated several new mission mode programmes such as electric vehicles, cyber physical systems, quantum technologies, future manufacturing, Green Hydrogen Fuel etc,” Singh said and sought joint collaboration with Finland in solving issues of societal challenges.

Referring to the virtual summit held last March between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sanna Marin, Singh pointed out that Finland’s leading role in clean and green technologies can help India’s drive towards sustainable development.

India and Finland are consultative members of the Antarctic Treaty and have active stations in Antarctica. Finland would be hosting the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in 2023 and India in 2024.

Singh also underlined that India Meteorological Department (IMD), and Finnish Meteorological Institute has been cooperating in the field of atmospheric environment since 2014.

Lintila assured India that Finnish companies will partner with India for Carbon-neutral technologies and enhance cooperation for sustainability in climate change. The Finnish Minister also invited India to explore the possibility of deeper cooperation in Finland’s Biobank project to mediate high quality human samples to medical research to promote development of new products and services that promote public health, a statement from the Ministry of S&T said.

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