National Technology Day

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National Technology Day is observed every year on 11 May to honour the contributions of India's scientific community including scientists, researchers and engineers.

  • 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.

  • Theme of the year 2022 -  An Integrated Approach to Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future.

  • The theme was launched by Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

  • History of the day 

  • National Technology Day was first officially celebrated on 11 May 1999.

  • The primary goal of this day was to recognize scientific and technological achievements.

  • On May 11, 1998, India successfully carried out nuclear tests at the army’s Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.

  • 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 Trishul was 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.

  • It was officially signed by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  • Since then, the Technology Development Board (TDB) which is a statutory body under the Department of Science and Technology at the Centre is celebrating this day.

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