IIT Alumni Council, an autonomous body of alumni of all the twenty-three IITs and partnering institutions of the India Innovation Network (i2Net) is on a mission to develop a unified research and innovation ecosystem. The initiative has an aim to strengthen research on infectious diseases, in the wake of covid-19 pandemic.
The IIT Alumni Council will bring into line the innovative teams of top academic colleges, research institutions, incubators and industry research centres, which will eventually create a vibrant innovation ecosystem. The collective will have access to over 30,000 PhDs, according to a statement issued by the IIT Alumni Council.
I2Net will provide researchers access to massive quantum computing resources and covid patient database, larger than any open sourced by any such initiative anywhere in the world
“We have a dream to set up the world’s fastest educational network and the world’s largest supercomputer. This would be based on quantum technologies, tying together high performance quantum computers with a million laptops and a billion phones,” said Ravi Sharma, President of the IIT Alumni Council and head of the Telecom Equipment Manufacturer Association.
“Mumbai University is a founding partner institution of i2Net. The University faculty and students gain significantly by way of collaboration of research work and sharing of ideas with other research,” said Dr. Suhas Pednekar, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai .
This will be the first quantum computer network with quantum cryptography will take India to the top of the technology tables almost overnight
Prof. V N Rajasekharan Pillai, Ex-Chairman of UGC, who is also the Vice- Chancellor of Somaiya Vidya Vihar University, Mumbai, said national research institutions, hospital chains, research departments of industry and Universities can bring lots of data and inputs for this noble initiative”
“This will be the first quantum computer network with quantum cryptography will take India to the top of the technology tables almost overnight. This will be a boost to computing intensive areas like folded protein simulation, weather predictions and climate change modelling,” said Arun Seth, a telecom veteran who is part of Selection Committee of the Quantum Task Force.