IIT Alumni Council announces the India Innovation Network (I2Net) initiative to accelerate research, particularly against Covid19

IIT Alumni Council will tie-together partnering institutions of the India Innovation Network – into one unified research and innovation ecosystem – as part of the i2Net initiative. It will selectively align with innovator teams and incubators of the highest rated academic colleges, research institutions, incubators and industry research centres so as to create an innovation ecosystem with access to over 30,000 PhDs and with a virtual reach to millions of students and thousands of startups that can be onboarded almost instantaneously. Proposed i2Net will become largest supercomputer – both based on Quantum Technologies – created by tying together High Performance Quantum Computers with a million laptops and a billion phones.
“We propose to tie together the most eminent Educational, Technology, Industry and Research establishments in this initiative for synergizing and accelerating innovation in areas like drug discovery, recombinant protein production and DNA studies,” said Ravi Sharma, President of the IIT Alumni Council, a telecom industry veteran and Head of the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association

“Mumbai University is delighted to be a founding partner institution of i2Net. The University faculty and research students stand to gain significantly by way of collaboration of research work and sharing of ideas with other research institutions . We are ready to contribute in the overall research being conducted to tackle the pandemic situation . University’s Information Technology capabilities are well placed to associate with the brightest minds in the country by way of this network, enhancing the overall coalition of ideas, generating valuable leads and solutions thereof.” said Dr. Suhas Pednekar, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai.
Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Ex-Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU and currently Vice-chancellor of Somaiya Vidya Vihar University, Mumbai, has helped to bring the benefits, learnings and functionalities of the open, distance and digital learning ecosystem to the i2Net initiative conceptualised by the IIT Alumni Council.
“The first quantum computer network with quantum cryptography for security and accessible online through 40/400 Gbps loops will usher in a paradigm change and take India to the top of the technology tables almost overnight. This kind of computing power will provide a great impetus to computing intensive areas like folded protein simulation, weather predictions and climate change modelling in addition to facilitating more tangible functionality such as high quality video conferencing and virtual reality” said Arun Seth, a telecom industry veteran himself and part of Selection Committee of the Quantum Task Force.. IIT Alumni Council will soon be launching a global search to choose the operating, technology and funding partners for the petabit I2Net fibre backbone and Quantum Computing infrastructure in India.