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Nepali is the country of 2.5 billion people and home to one of the world’s largest quantum computer research centres.
But the government is keen to boost the country’s technological capacity and push for a quantum computing revolution, and is funding a quantum education programme, dubbed the “Nepali Quantum Computing Course”.
According to the Nepali government, the programme is part of a larger strategy to create a new nation, and to create jobs and prosperity for the country, as well as improve healthcare.
The course, to be offered in 2019, has been designed for people aged from 5 to 70.
The university’s website explains the curriculum, which it describes as: In this course, we will learn about quantum computation in a context where we can study it from the perspective of the average person.
This is where the student will learn basic information about quantum computers, and in the process, develop the skill to understand the principles behind quantum computing.
In other words, the course will introduce students to quantum computing through practical application, rather than the academic course in which students learn about the theoretical aspects of quantum computing (a quantum computer is a device that can simulate the operation of a superposition of quantum states).
The Nepali Government says the quantum computing curriculum is designed to educate people about quantum information processing, quantum cryptography and quantum computing theory, and will prepare them to be better citizens.
“The quantum computer revolution has been a huge dream for us and we are very excited about our participation in the quantum education project,” says Ashok Kumar Pandey, president of the Nepalese Computer Club (NCC).
Pandey says the NCC is a group of young professionals who are passionate about the idea of quantum computers.
“They come from all walks of life.
We have a big student population.
They come from high school to university, from middle school to PhD level.
There are also students from the government, from the medical field, from business, and so on.
All of these people are coming together and we need them to share their experiences,” he said.
Pandery says the course is also aimed at young students, who have not been exposed to quantum information science and cryptography.
“It is not the same for everybody, but we want to bring them up to speed and we want them to learn how to think about quantum, because we think that’s the key to quantum computers,” he explained.
But it is also a big challenge for the NCCs.
“In order to achieve our objectives, we need to bring in more teachers,” Pandey said.
“The quantum education is one of our core initiatives and we do not want to miss this opportunity.”
The NCC is currently in discussions with a local quantum computing centre to offer the course, and hopes to host the course at some point in the future.
The quantum computing challenge for India The challenge for Nepali universities is not just to teach students about quantum cryptography, but also to educate them on the principles of quantum computation.
“I think that the quantum computer in India is an exciting challenge.
But in the meantime, we have to be very aware of the needs of our students and of the society in general,” said Pandey.
“We need to teach them how to apply the knowledge we have learned so far.
Nepal is not alone in offering a quantum learning course.
India has a huge population of quantum scientists and is one among the countries in which they are active.
But they are not the only ones doing it.
A quantum computing group from the US was also recently offered a course by the NCAs Nepal quantum learning centre, which Pandey says will help the country meet the quantum challenge.
India has also been taking part in the International Conference on Quantum Computing (ICQC), an international event aimed at advancing the quantum technologies.
The International Quantum Computing Conference was held in New Delhi last month, where the quantum community gathered for the first time since the conference began in October 2016.