Microsoft to Host Lectures on Quantum Computing at IIIT Hyderabad


Microsoft Garage India will provide B.Tech and M.Tech students in-depth and practical knowledge on quantum computing

Microsoft Garage India has collaborated with the Indian Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT Hyderabad) to offer lectures and resources on quantum computing technology.

Garage is an initiative of Microsoft launched in 2014 to encourage its employees to work on the projects they are interested in, even if it is not related to their work with the company.

These lectures are part of a course offered as a pool elective for BTech and MTech students. Microsoft will provide the scholars practical experience in quantum computing and quantum algorithms with access to the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit and Microsoft Q#.

Leveraging Microsoft’s strength in quantum programming and algorithms, Microsoft experts will participate in lectures for three weeks on ‘Quantum Information and Computation’ – an integrated IIIT course which includes practical projects as part of the curriculum.

Through Q# and the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit, students will have access to Microsoft’s GitHub resources and katas, samples and libraries.

Commenting on the partnership with Microsoft, Prof P J Narayanan, Director, IIIT-Hyderabad, asserted, “Quantum computing is an emerging area of the future. We have a small but vibrant team of faculty and students who work on this area.  Collaboration with Microsoft plays a critical role in taking IIT’s research and expertise to a new level. Our students will receive hands-on experience for practical project work on solutions which can impact society.”

Accelerating Learning on Quantum Computing

Quantum computers have the capacity to solve complex problems that would otherwise take billions of years for today’s computers to solve within weeks, days and even minutes. This has massive implications for research in healthcare, energy, environmental systems, smart materials and more. It also creates a need to start building a quantum-ready workforce well versed in quantum computing skills.

Microsoft began its quantum programme more than 15 years ago and, today, has a worldwide community of experimentalists, developers, theoreticians, and computer scientists working together to deliver our unique approach to quantum computing.

“This collaboration with Microsoft Garage India and IIIT Hyderabad is part of our continued effort to enrich the innovation journey of engineering students and make technology more accessible,” said Dr. Krysta Svore, general manager of Quantum Software at Microsoft.