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India Launches Quantum Technology Mission with Rs. 6003.65 Crore Budget Allocation

Where launched: – Delhi

Ministry: – Ministry of Science and Technology

Launch Year: – 2023-24

Implementing Body: – Department of Science and Technology

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Objectives: – The objective is to enhance research and development and create an inventive atmosphere for quantum technology within India. Leading academic and national research and development institutes will establish four thematic hubs (T-Hubs) in the following areas:

  1. Quantum computing
  2. Quantum communication
  3. Quantum sensing and metrology
  4. Quantum materials and devices.

Target of the Scheme: – A new quantum technology mission has been launched in India with the goal of developing intermediate-scale quantum computers with 50-1000 physical qubits in 8 years, using platforms such as superconducting and photonic technology. The mission also aims to achieve satellite-based secure quantum communications between ground stations up to 2000 km within India, as well as long-distance secure quantum communications with other countries. Additionally, the mission aims to establish inter-city quantum key distribution over 2000 km and multi-node quantum networks with quantum memories.

The mission will also focus on developing magnetometers with high sensitivity in atomic systems and Atomic Clocks for precision timing, communications, and navigation. It will support the design and synthesis of quantum materials, including superconductors, novel semiconductor structures, and topological materials, for the fabrication of quantum devices. Furthermore, the mission aims to develop single photon sources/detectors and entangled photon sources for quantum communication, sensing, and metrological applications.

Budget Allocation: – Rs. 6003.65 crores

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