A few quantum related announcements came out last week at the G20 Summit in New Dehli, India. First, the U.S. and India have agreed to elevate and expand the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) originally signed in May 2022. There will be increased cooperation in a number of areas and a new Implementation Arrangement for a Research Agency Partnership between the National Science Foundation and Indian science agencies will include quantum technology as one of the areas of cooperation. In addition, a joint Indo-U.S. Quantum Coordination Mechanism will be established to facilitate research and industry collaborations with industry, academia, and government organizations. Additional information can be found in a Joint Statement from India and the United States and a fact sheet titled United States and India Elevate Strategic Partnership with the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET).

A second announcement was made by the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) stating that the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) has joined the CQE as an international partner. Membership in the CQE will not only help facilitate research collaboration between ITT Bombay and other members of the CQE, but it will also help in developing a trained talent pool to help accelerate quantum technology progress in the future. A press release announcing ITT Bombay becoming a new member of the CQE is posted on the University of Chicago website here.

Finally, India’s S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata has been accepted as a member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C). The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) is a consortium of stakeholders that aims to enable and grow the quantum industry. Originally, membership was limited to U.S. companies only, but the QED-C has now opened up membership to organizations in select countries. Membership to India based organizations was just opened in June of this year.

September 10, 2023