IBM, a renowned digital solutions company, announced that they would be giving over-the-cloud access to its quantum systems, quantum learning resources, quantum tools to top-tier institutions of India. This will pave the way for the selected institutions to work on actual quantum computers and program them using Qiskit open-source framework. This alliance will pave the way for students to acquire knowledge through lab session using IBM quantum systems.
The name of the selected educational institutions Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) – Pune, IISER – Thiruvananthapuram, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Jodhpur, IIT- Kanpur, IIT – Kharagpur, IIT – Madras, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Kolkata, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai and the University of Calcutta.
This partnership comes as a part of the IBM Quantum Educators program that connects quantum field connect faculty with others. The University of Calcutta was awarded an IBM Quantum Researchers Program Access Award for a project. It was the first time this award was granted to any student or faculty at an Indian University.
Gargi Dasgupta, who works as the Director of IBM Research India and CTO, IBM India/South Asia, when asked about this collaboration, said that IBM is devoted to enabling India’s bright minds with Quantum Computing skills and will strive to create a quantum ready workforce and work towards building an ecosystem that will nurture the quantum community in India.
The selected institutions’ faculty and students will access IBM quantum systems, quantum learning resources, and quantum tools over IBM Cloud for education and research purposes. This will allow these institutions to work on actual quantum computers and program these using the Qiskit open-source framework.
Demand for quantum skills is expected to see a surge in the coming years, revealed IBM. A BurningGlass Technologies survey states that quantum skills need to grow 135% in the next five years. With this partnership with more than ten prominent Indian educational institutions, IBM aims to benefit 100-150 students annually and provide them with the opportunity to work on advanced projects, algorithms, and use cases.
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