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Govt. Promises Shot in the Arm for Quantum Tech Research in India


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An international conference at the Raman Research Institute (RRI) in India focused on the country's vision for quantum technology research. "This . . . conference . . . is unique in its mandate as we have tried to provide equal emphasis to both theoretical research and experimental quantum technologies," said conference organizer Urbasi Sinha. India's government has promised to bolster laboratory research into quantum mechanics and technology with funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Defense Research and Development Organization, and the Prime Minister's Office.

The DST has pledged to support research "for the development and demonstration" of quantum computers, quantum communication, and cryptography, along with a "demonstration of quantum teleportation" under its Quantum Science and Technology scheme. ISRO and RRI are jointly developing the Quantum Experiments Using Satellite Technology project, with ISRO's M. Sankaran detailing a plan to put an experimental payload into orbit.

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