What is the Quantum Science and Technology IDDD program at IIT Madras?

IDDD: Quantum Science and Technology

Quantum science and technology is a field that explores the fundamental principles and applications of quantum mechanics. It involves harnessing the unique properties of quantum systems, such as superposition and entanglement, to develop new technologies and solve complex problems. Quantum science and technology have applications in various domains, including quantum computing, quantum communication, etc.

Considering the increasing demand for a workforce skilled in quantum science and technologies across academia and industry, IIT Madras launched the interdisciplinary dual-degree program on quantum science and technologies (QuST) in 2020. The program’s objective is to equip students with ample knowledge and skills in the QuST domain. The program makes students industry-ready to take up cutting-edge problems in QuST today such as quantum error correction and post-quantum cryptography.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any undergraduate student pursuing a B. Tech degree at IIT Madras, regardless of their discipline, can qualify for admission to this program, as long as they meet specific minimum academic criteria. The selection process for applicants will be determined by a cutoff based on their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). The CGPA cutoff is usually 8, but may vary with the number of students applying.

Curriculum and Courses

The curriculum at IDDD-QuST is highly flexible. The program extends over four semesters within the five-year dual-degree structure. A Quantum Computation and Quantum Information course lays the necessary foundations for the program. The Quantum Computing Lab course, conducted in collaboration with IBM India, also delivers practical training in utilizing IBM quantum processors.

Some of the courses offered in this program are:

  • Quantum Electronics and Lasers
  • Experimental Techniques for Quantum Computation and Metrology
  • Optical Signal Processing and Quantum Communications

A total of 150-160 credits have to be completed, 85 of which are through the projects. The courses also involve 3 projects including a Summer Project. Apart from the compulsory courses, students also have the option to choose electives from the Physics, EE, CS, and Mathematics Departments.


The students from this program have internships with companies like Bosch and Adobe. Several renowned universities have strong Quantum research programs, some of whom collaborate with IIT Madras. Some of them are:

  • ETH Zurich
  • RWTH Aachen

What are the future prospects?

The future prospects of quantum science and technology are promising. Quantum computing holds the potential to solve complex problems exponentially faster than classical computers. Quantum communication enables secure and tamper-proof information transfer. Quantum cryptography ensures robust encryption methods. Quantum sensing allows for high-precision measurements. Additionally, advancements in quantum algorithms and machine learning promise breakthroughs in various fields. As research and development continue, quantum science and technology are expected to revolutionize industries, drive innovation, and shape the future of computing, communication, and scientific discovery.

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