National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA) – UPSC Prelims

National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA)
  • The NM-QTA, also called the National Quantum Mission, was announced with an outlay of Rs.8000 crore for five years in the¬†Budget 2020.
  • The scheme is implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • The focus areas for the mission will be addressing national priorities through:
    • Fundamental science
    • Translation
    • Technology development
  • The mission is expected to address the ever-increasing technological demands of society and also take into account the international achievements and trends in this domain.
  • It is also expected to benefit in preparing the next generation skilled manpower, encourage translational research, and promote entrepreneurship and develop an ecosystem for start-ups.
  • Quantum principles will be used to engineer solutions to problems in the field of communications, computing, chemistry, sensing, cryptography, mechanics, imaging among others.
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