Microsoft to skill over 900 faculty members in quantum computing

Microsoft to skill over 900 faculty members in quantum computing

Microsoft has rolled out a new programme to build quantum computing skills and capabilities in the academic community in India.


The programme will train 900 academicians from Universities and Institutes across the country through 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.


As part of this initiative, Microsoft Garage is organising a ‘Train the Trainer’ program from August 24-29 in collaboration with Electronics and ICT Academies at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT), Jaipur and National Institute of Technology, Patna.


The training program will be conducted virtually and will also cover practical coding for participants using Microsoft Q# & Quantum Development Kit.


Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Development Center, and Corporate Vice President, Enterprise+Devices India, said, “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.”


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.


Prof. Udaykumar R Yaragatti, Director, MNIT Jaipur stated, “The institute is committed to providing state-of-the-art technologies to students and this collaboration with Microsoft will provide further encouragement to faculty members to explore the different aspects of quantum computing.”


Prof. Pradip K Jain, Director, NIT Patna said, “The COVID situation has given an opportunity for going digital with this program. This partnership will ignite the passion in faculty members who will in turn share the knowledge with their students.” 


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