A new school under the name of “School of Quantum Technology” has been established and has successfully completed the first semester of M.Tech. Quantum Computing is a flagship program of this school. Under the school of quantum technology (SQT), a state-of-art research laboratory is under development to train and host cutting-edge research in quantum communications, quantum computing, and quantum sensors that support the endeavors of DRDO as a whole. The program will start a full-fledged research program to develop futuristic quantum technologies that support a universal goal of “free space satellite quantum communication for strategic purposes: an ultimate secure communication gateway” for defence applications. Under this program, three major thrust areas have been identified as follows:
The school will establish a state-of-the-art-laboratory to achieve the goals of trusted areas as a kick-start to the program. The school’s primary purpose and vision are to develop a world-class research facility in all the fields mentioned above, with strategic collaborations with various DRDO labs. An excellent, up-to-date clean-room facility is also underway in DIAT to kick-start research programs under the SQT.
Under this program, three major thrust areas have been identified as follows;
1) Free-space & fiber-based quantum communications, and Quantum key-distribution.
2) Quantum computing
3) Quantum sensing