National Technology Day-11 May
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National Technology Day is celebrated every year on 11 May.
An overview of the news
On this day, various government organizations, institutes, schools and colleges organize events to honor the scientists of India and their achievements.
India is one of the fastest growing developing countries in the world, and much of the credit goes to technological advancements.
In the 21st century, scientists and engineers are leading the country on the path of development.
India has made significant progress in science and research in the last three decades.
India's science and technology has improved the country's position on global forums.
For 2023, the theme is 'School to Startups-Igniting Young Minds to innovate.
Background of the day
Under the leadership of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India conducted a series of five nuclear bomb tests at Pokhran in May 1998.
After the success of Pokhran-II, the government declared May 11 as National Technology Day in 1998.
In doing so, India became the sixth country to join the 'nuclear club'.
The test was led by the late APJ Abdul Kalam, an aerospace scientist who became the eleventh President of India.
On the same day in 1998, India test-fired its first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 which took off in Bengaluru.
On that day, the surface-to-air missile Trishulwas also successfully test fired.
With many technological advancements in a single day, the Government of India announced the celebration of May 11 as National Technology Day.
The first nuclear test was conducted in May 1974.
The day was first officially celebrated on 11 May 1999.
Significance of the day
It reminds people of the scientific achievements of the country.
It is a day to honour all those who have contributed to the advancement of science.
It honours the hard work and efforts of all those who have contributed to the technological progress of our country.
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