National Technology Day
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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