IISC and SSIR ink MoU to establish Quantum Technology Lab

IISC and SSIR ink MoU

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR) collaborated to establish a unique Quantum Technology Lab. In keeping with SSIR’s commitment to CSR, this initiative attempts to annually offer research and training support opportunities to hundreds of students and dozens of faculty members pursuing higher education, both at IISc and at other educational institutions, with a focus on the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science. Under the direction of Associate Professor Mayank Shrivastava of the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (DESE), the lab seeks to become a cutting-edge establishment devoted to cutting-edge quantum technologies.

Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director of IISc, and Balajee Sowrirajan, CVP & MD at SSIR, exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding. The laboratory will function as a hub for technical advancement, workforce development, and cooperation with both domestic and foreign quantum research establishments. With an emphasis on developing homegrown quantum technology, it will make a substantial contribution to local development and raise awareness of India’s scientific advancements worldwide.

On the occasion of signing the MoU, Balajee Sowrirajan, CVP & MD of SSIR said, “Our partnership with IISc for the establishment of the Quantum Technology Lab is to spearhead breakthroughs in quantum technologies, by empowering skilled workforce, fostering a collaborative innovation, strengthening national competitiveness, and transforming industries with significant societal impact. The technology scale-up will propel India’s focus on quantum innovation and excellence in the global technology landscape.”

The Quantum Technology Lab will address issues related to quantum technology reliability by integrating cryogenic control chips with qubits, detectors, and single photon sources. The lab will offer a venue for industrial partnerships, interdisciplinary research, and information sharing, all of which will foster a vibrant ecosystem for innovation. Beyond just furthering scientific knowledge, its importance will enable India to compete on a worldwide scale and use quantum technology to propel socio-economic development. The lab will offer unmatched opportunities for practical training, research experience, and skill development in quantum technologies to students pursuing higher education, especially in the fields of physics, engineering, computer science, and mathematics. This will improve the students’ employability and career prospects.

With access to cutting-edge equipment, a collaborative environment, and advanced infrastructure, scientists and researchers working on quantum projects will be able to push the boundaries of knowledge and significantly advance the field.

Prof Govindan Rangarajan from IISc expressed his views on this partnership and commented, “IISc has emerged as a leading hub for quantum technologies research. This new Quantum Technology Lab at IISc highlights our commitment to emerging and futuristic research threads. This collaboration with SSIR will strengthen the Institute’s cutting-edge infrastructure and expertise, providing our students and researchers with a unique opportunity to explore the limitless possibilities of quantum technologies.”

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