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Secy Telecommunications, IAS Dr. Neeraj Mittal, Inaugurates 2nd International Quantum Communication Conclave

The purpose of the conclave is to encourage cooperation and promote standardization efforts between academics, industries, government, and researchers

According to Dr. Neeraj Mittal, Secretary of Telecommunications and Chairman of the DCC, standards play a crucial role in promoting the new technologies and their commercial viability. He expressed gratitude to the Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) for their work in establishing Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) standards.

At Vigyan Bhawan, Dr. Mittal was giving the opening speech for the “Second International Quantum Communication Conclave.” Dr. Mittal opened the conclave in the presence of Ms. Tripti Saxena, Head of TEC, Dr. Subrata Rakshit, Distinguished Scientist & Director General – Technology Management, DRDO, and Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

The two-day Conclave is being organised by Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) under Department of Telecommunications in association with Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) and Telecommunications Standards Development Society India (TSDSI). The Conclave aligns with Prime Minister’s vision to make India a global leader in Quantum Technologies.

Emphasising India’s potential to lead in the field of quantum technology, citing the confidence derived from the nation’s cutting-edge research efforts worldwide, Dr. Neeraj Mittal highlighted the significant contributions of startups in pioneering quantum memory technology, showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit driving innovation in India.

The Secretary also mentioned a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Pan-IIT USA network to facilitate global collaboration and mentorship in high-technology projects. The Department of Telecommunications, he said, reaffirms its commitment to support startups in the quantum technology space, recognizing their potential to drive groundbreaking innovations and propel India’s leadership in the global quantum landscape. The Secretary emphasized the importance of demystifying quantum technology for the general public, calling for initiatives to increase awareness and understanding among all stakeholders. He said, the DoT has been committed to fostering innovation and collaboration in emerging technologies and looked forward to further advancements in the field of quantum technology.

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