India and Finland build Quantum Computing Virtual Network Center

India and Finland have drawn up a detailed strategy to build an India-Finnish quantum computer virtual network center. dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (independent agency) for Science and Technology; Minister of State (independent office) for Earth Sciences; The Minister of State (Independent Responsibility) for Personnel, Public Complaints, Pensions, Nuclear Energy and Space stated that India has already identified three leading institutes namely IIT Madras, IISER Pune and C-DAC Pune to work with Finnish partner institutions for the Virtual Network Center. The center’s formal announcement is expected to be made during Finland’s Economy Minister Mika Lintila’s visit to India in April.

A Finnish delegation led by Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde visited the Union Minister and reviewed the progress of bilateral cooperation in areas such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainability, involving the two countries’ universities, industries and start-ups.

The minister also called for collaboration in the mission mode programs initiated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), such as electric vehicles (EVs), cyber-physical systems, future manufacturing and green hydrogen fuel, to name a few, to address societal challenges. To bring benefits to both nations, the bilateral STI collaboration will stimulate innovative R&D projects to address a specific need or challenge and demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential in India and Finland.

India and Finland have strong ties in science, technology and innovation. Within the framework of the S&T Agreement, the DST, the Ministry of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Finnish Ministry of Economy and Employment have been working successfully together with Business Finland and the Academy of Finland for over a decade. dr Singh also recalled Finland’s leadership in clean and green technologies that can support India’s sustainable development efforts.

Over 100 Finnish companies are active in India in various sectors such as telecom, elevators, machinery and energy including renewable energy. Around 30 Indian companies are also active in Finland in the IT, auto components and hospitality sectors.

Finland reiterated its commitment to increased cooperation in the fields of renewable energy and bioenergy, sustainability, edu-tech, pharma and digitization. Finnish Ambassador Koukku-Ronde assured Dr. Singh that Finnish companies would work with India for carbon neutral technology and innovation. She also stressed that both sides should strengthen cooperation for climate change sustainability. The Ambassador invited India to explore the possibility of deeper cooperation in Finland’s Biobank project to source high-quality human samples for medical research, development of new products and services to promote public health.

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