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Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing

India Finland Relations- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: International Relations- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

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Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing in News

  • Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Finland to establish an Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing.

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Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing

  • Bilateral Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) collaboration between India and Finland is an attempt to stimulate innovative R&D projects.
    • STI collaboration addresses a specific need or challenge, demonstrates high industrial relevance and commercial potential and aims to deliver benefits to both nations.
  • The Indian side has identified three premier institutes viz IIT Madras, IISER Pune and C-DAC Pune for Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing.
  • Indo-Finnish Virtual Network Centre on Quantum Computing will help to initiate cooperation in new emerging areas like 5G; Quantum Computing and Sustainability by involving, Academia, Industries and Start-ups of the two countries.

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India Finland Cooperation in Science and Technology Field

  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute have been cooperating in the field of Atmospheric Environment since 2014. Under this collaboration-
    • Air Quality Forecasting models developed by FMI are customized for the Indian region resulting in the enhanced capability to forecast pollution events from microscale to regional scale so that pollution control authorities can take appropriate action.
    • Environmental impacts of changing aerosol emissions over India are also being pursued.
  • India and Finland are consultative members of the Antarctic Treaty and have active stations in Antarctica.
    • Finland would be hosting Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in 2023 and India in 2024.
  • Areas of Cooperation: India and Finland are cooperating in the following areas-
    • Sustainable Energy Technologies (generation, conversion, storage and conservation),
    • Environment and Clean Technologies,
    • Biobased Economy,
    • BioBanks and Biobased materials for different applications,
    • Water and Marine Technologies,
    • Food & Agri Technologies,
    • Affordable Healthcare (including, Pharmaceuticals and Biomedical Instrumentation),
    • Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing,
    • Integration of AI and Machine Learning in all domains.
  • Cooperation in the Field of Climate Change: Finnish companies will partner with India for Carbon-neutral technologies and enhance cooperation for Sustainability in Climate Change.
  • Participation in Biobank Project: The Finnish Minister also invited India to explore the possibility of deeper cooperation in Finland’s Biobank project.
    • This is to mediate high-quality human samples to medical research to promote the development of new products and services that promote public health.

Ayurveda Biobank and The National Heart Failure Biobank

Ayurveda Biobank and The National Heart Failure Biobank

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