Microsoft Garage is organizing a ‘Train the Trainer’ program in collaboration with Electronics and ICT Academies at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT), Jaipur, and National Institute of Technology, Patna to build new quantum computing skills and capabilities in the academic community in India.

As part of this initiative, it will take up and train 900 faculties from varsities and institutes through the E & ICT Academies at Institutes of National Importance such as IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee, MNIT Jaipur, NIT Patna, IIIT-D Jabalpur, and NIT Warangal. Quantum computers will revolutionalize healthcare, energy, environmental systems, and more.

India is renowned across the world for its science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing (STEM+C) workforce, and a tech-capable citizenry. Through this initiative in India, we aim to develop skills in quantum at scale, which has the potential to trigger the new frontier of innovation, shaping the future of the IT industry in this part of the world. – Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Development Center, and Corporate Vice President, Enterprise+Devices India

Microsoft is hoping to achieve this task with the help of Azure Quantum. Microsoft’s new program comes inspired by the recent initiatives taken up by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) that focuses on the task to enhance the skills of the academicians.

The program will kick-off virtually from August 24 and last through to August 29, 2020.

Inaugurating the program, Ms. Reena Dayal, Director, Microsoft Garage India & Chair for IEEE Quantum SIG, said,

Quantum computing holds the potential to solve some of the most pressing issues our world faces today. Through this program, we aim to equip academia in India with the requisite knowledge to develop a comprehensive Quantum learning curriculum in their institutions and help develop these skills among some of the brightest minds in the country. – Ms. Reena Dayal

Some of the key themes of the initiatives include-an introduction to quantum information, quantum concepts such as superposition and entanglement, processing of information using qubits and quantum gates, as well as an introduction to quantum machine learning and quantum programming.

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