National Technology Day: History, Significance and facts.

National Technology Day in India is observed every year on May 11 to mark and acknowledge the contribution by Indian Scientists, and engineers. As India celebrates it’s 22nd National Technology Day, here a few things that you need to know about its history, significance and facts.

History of National Technology Day:

The first National Technology Day was celebrated in the year 1999 and the term was coined by former Indian Prime Minister Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Here’s brief history of events of this day.

India joins the elite club of Nuclear power nations:

It was May 11, 1998, when India finally conducted it’s first successful nuclear test in Pokhran village, Jaisalmer District of Rajasthan. Under the leadership of former Prime Minister Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India successfully test-fired the Shakti – I nuclear missile in Pokhran Village. This tedious yet successful test made India enter the elite club of Nuclear power nations.

The first flight of Indigenous aircraft Hansa – III

May 11 also marks the first flight of indigenously developed aircraft Hansa – III which has a cruising speed of 213-kilo meter per hour and a range of 842 km. Hansa – III was developed by National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore and was funded by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and IIT Kanpur.

Test-firing of the surface-to-air Trishul Missile:

Also, on the same day, in the year 1998, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired it’s first surface-to-air missile called Trishul (Trident). It was then adopted by Indian Air Force and Indian Army.

Significance of National Technology Day

Every year, the Technology Development Board of India which is a statutory body, celebrates the National Technology Day, by recognizing and awarding scientist and engineers for their contribution in the field of science and technology.

Every year on May 11, several events are organized with different themes. The theme of the current year is ‘Rebooting the Economy through science, Technology and Research Translations’ which is titled as ‘RESTART’.However, amid the lockdown due to the covid19 pandemic, the event will be organized only through a digital conference.

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