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National Technology Day Information For Students

Every year, ‘National Technology Day‘ is celebrated across India on May 11; being commemorated to memorize the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998. The first, indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore on this day. Not only this, India also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day. The day glorifies the importance of science in day to day life and motivates students to adopt science as the career option.

Several events are organised in various engineering colleges and technical institutes to mark the occasion. Lectures, competitions, quizzes, presentations and interactive sessions on different aspects of science are organized all over the planet. The day is important for scientists, engineers, planners and all others engaged in governance and nation building.

The companies and individual are awarded with National Technology Awards for adopting new technologies by the president of India. The ministry of science and technology coordinate different events.

5 Things You Must Know About National Technology Day

Since 1999, May 11 is celebrated as National Technology Day to mark India’s technological advancements. President Pranab Mukherjee will be attending the National Technology Day celebrations in New Delhi this year, along with the Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

Here are a few things you need to know about this day:

  1. On May 11, 1998, India detonated three nuclear bombs in the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range.
    Two days later, on May 13, 1998, two more nuclear bombs were tested, after which then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared India a full fledged nuclear state. This operation was called ‘Operation Shakti’ and it made India the 6th country to join the nuclear club.
  2. Hansa 3, India’s first indigenous aircraft was first tested on the same day in 1998 in Bangalore.
    Hansa 3 was the first of its kind two-seater general aviation plane used for flight training and personal flying.
  3. Successful test firing of Trishul, a short range missile made in India, was also done on the same day.
    The missile was developed as a part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  4. Every year, on this day, the Technology Development Board of India awards various individuals with national awards for their contribution to indigenous technology.
  5. This year’s theme for National Technology Day celebrations in New Delhi is ‘Technology Enablers of Startup India’.

National Technology Day: Significance

  • On 11 May 1998, First indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore.
  • India performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.
  • At that time very few countries have nuclear power and India had become one of those elite players and became the sixth country to join the nuclear club.
  • Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) on 11 May,1998 was initiated.
  • Every year, on this day, the Technology Development Board of India awards various individuals with national awards for their contribution to indigenous technology.

Therefore, we can say that this day glorifies the importance of science in day to day life and motivates us to adopt science as a field of career.

Do you know what is Operation Shakti?

Do you know that ‘Smiling Buddha‘ was the first nuclear test at Pokhran which was carried out in May, 1974?

The second test was Pokhran II which was a series of five tests of nuclear bomb explosions, administered by India at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in May, 1998.

Pokhran II or Operation Shakti comprised of five detonations out of which the first one was a fusion bomb while the other four were fission bombs.

Shakti word in Sanskrit means power. On 11 May, 1998 Operation Shakti or Pokhran II was initiated with the detonation of two fission and one fusion bomb.

On 13 May, 1998 two additional fission bombs were detonated and the Government that time in India was run by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister shortly convened a press conference to declare India as a full-fledged nuclear state.

Original name of the operation was ‘Operation Shakti-98‘ and five nuclear devices were classified as Shakti I to Shakti V. And now, the whole operation is known as Pokhran II and Pokhran I was the explosion made in 1974.

National Technology Day: History

As we have seen above that on 11 May,1998 nuclear test was held in Pokhran and based on these tremendous achievements of the scientists, engineers etc., Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared 11 May as the National Technology Day. Since 1999, every year the Technology Development Board (TDB) celebrates the day by various technological innovations that have positively impacted the nation. Also, every year TDB selects a theme and on that basis several events, competitions were held in the country. This day also marks the significance of Science in our day to day life.

National Technology Day: Themes

  • Theme of National Technology Day 2018 was “Science and Technology for a sustainable future“.
  • Theme of National Technology Day 2017 was “Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth“.
  • Theme of National Technology Day 2016 was “Technology enablers of Startup India“.
  • Theme of National Technology Day 2014 was “Inclusive Innovation for India“.
  • Theme of National Technology Day 2013 was “Innovation – making a difference“.

The Technology Development Board (TDB) key objective behind this theme is to promote the development of technology in various fields. Also for this, the Department has been generating technology development projects which include materials, devices and processes.

Several programmes are organised in advanced or emerging areas and in traditional sectors to support technological activities. Under this programme, fresh ideas or concepts are also assessed so that they can be used in the product or technology.

National Technology Day: Celebrations

  • On this day Technology Development Board (TDB) confer National Awards to the most noteworthy individuals, institutions and businesses of the year.
  • The Department of Science and Technology, Department of Bio-Technology, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and several other scientific departments are the part of this event.
  • The people are awarded for their contribution so that they excel more and more in their research by the President of India.
  • The ministry of science and technology also coordinates different events across India.
  • All the decorations and planning of the event should be done according to the theme.
  • Script, speech or essay competitions are organised in several institutions.
  • Theme based articles are also promoted etc.

Therefore, it is necessary to create interest and awareness about the science and technology to the students. No doubt National technology Day is a great way to encourage youth of the country to come forward and also is the way to appreciate the scientists, researchers for India’s growing technology.

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