Centre invites pre-proposals for setting up hubs for quantum technology

As part of the 9th India International Science Festival in Faridabad on Saturday, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) will invite pre-proposals for setting up of special centers thematic hubs related to quantum technology.

The department is looking for early ideas (called pre-proposals) to create hubs in four areas: quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum sensing & metrology, and quantum materials & devices.

The ideas should show how quantum technology can be used in real life.

The invitation for proposals will be launched by Professor Abhay Karandikar, Secretary, DST.

These T-Hubs are part of the National Quantum Mission (NQM), a big project aimed at improving quantum technology in India. The mission was launched in April last year with a total outlay of Rs.6003.65 Crore for a period of eight years.

The move is a part of the national strategy to build a skilled workforce and encourage research and development in quantum technologies, which is considered an area of strategic importance.

India has fallen far behind other nations such as China and the US in quantum technology research and development.

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