Microsoft partners with IIT Roorkee for quantum computing courses

Microsoft partners with IIT Roorkee for quantum computing courses
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30 Aug, 2019

California-based technology giant Microsoft’s innovation platform Microsoft Garage India has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee to conduct lectures on quantum computing for students.

Structured by Microsoft Garage India and IIT-Roorkee, the course will be available as a pool elective to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology courses at the IIT campus.

The course will provide students access to the Microsoft quantum development kit, Microsoft quantum facility and practices pertaining to the Q# programming language that includes quantum algorithms. 

Microsoft’s quantum computing programme has been running for more than 15 years and is aimed at helping students understand the technology.

With the Microsoft Garage initiative, the technology giant envisages the application of quantum technologies by harnessing toolsets, integration with development partners and open-source resources. 

Apart from IIT Roorkee, Microsoft Garage India has also been working with academia to promote learning coupled with access to advanced technologies.  

“This collaboration between Microsoft Garage and IIT Roorkee represents another step towards empowering students to create futuristic innovations. With Microsoft’s experience in the field of quantum computing, we aim to make the technology more accessible and enhance the learning journey of engineering students. The partnership will create a new learning experience for students and help them build impactful solutions,” said Reena Dayal, director, Microsoft Garage India. 

Microsoft India has been leveraging partnerships to encourage the adoption of emerging technologies among institutions.

In April, Microsoft Garage India partnered with the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad to provide resources and lectures on quantum computing. 

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the launch of the Digital Governance Tech Tour, a national programme geared to deliver artificial intelligence and cloud computing skills to government officials.