India and Finland also agreed to raise mutual cooperation between the two countries to a new level in a number of areas of bilateral and global interests.
According to the release, Finland’s Minister of Education and Culture Petri Honkonen called Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh in North Block today to seek to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of science, technology and innovation (STI). .
The Finnish Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Petri Honkonen, along with a high-level delegation invited to discuss mutual cooperation between India and Finland in future areas such as digital partnership, 6G technologies, upcoming mobile phones, quantum technology, etc. pic.twitter.com/xZTGbIGzz8
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He was accompanied by a high-level delegation that later held a separate meeting with the Indian delegation in the presence of the two ministers.
“The two countries decided to enhance cooperation in areas such as digital partnership in future information and communications technology, mobile future technologies and digital education,” the statement said, adding that the two countries also stressed the existence of joint institutional working groups in areas of mutual interest.
Singh also emphasized India’s focus on collaboration even in start-ups. He also noted that after the signing of the joint declaration during the visit of Mika Lentela, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland on April 18, 2022, the two sides began to cooperate in quantum technologies. The Indian side has already identified four major institutes, IISER, Pune, IIT Madras, TIFR Mumbai and C-DAC Pune, to work with Finnish institutions on the joint development of a quantum computer.
The minister expressed his satisfaction that experts from both sides are working on a detailed plan for the establishment of the Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Center for Quantum Computing, targeting the development of 20 qubits superconducting quantum computer in the first stage and expanding it to 54 qubits per second. Stage.
Singh told the Finnish minister that India is keen to develop research cooperation with Finnish R&D institutions and technology cooperation with Finnish industry with a special focus on the application of quantum computing.
According to the statement, Honkonen assured Singh that Finland is keen to cooperate with India on 5G networks, environment and clean technology, bio-based economy, biobanking, and affordable healthcare. He said that progress was also being made on the topics mentioned by the Prime Ministers of India and Finland.
India and Finland have strong ties in science, technology and innovation. Under the Science and Technology Agreement, the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland along with Business Finland and Academy of Finland have been collaborating successfully for more than a decade.