11 May 2020 India
National Technology Day
11 May celebrated as National Technology Day.
National Technology Day marks the anniversary of the 1998 Pokhran Nuclear Tests (Operation Shakti), as well as the developments in science and technology in India.
The National Technology Day honors significant accomplishments that were considered a revolutionary and important scientific and technical contribution.
India successfully fired its Shakti-1 nuclear missile on May 11, 1998 in an operation called Pokhran-II, also called Operation Shakti as a codename.
The nuclear missile had been tested at the Pokhran Test Range of the Indian Army in Rajasthan. This was the second test performed after Operation Smiling Buddha, codenamed Pokhran 1, in May 1974.
This year’s theme was ‘Commercializing Indigenous Technologies: Journey from Benchside to Business Programme’ and dignitaries proposed ways forward with this.
The day also commemorates the flight of Hansa-1, the first indigenous aircraft ever built by the National Aerospace Laboratories in India.
The Technology Development Board of India (a legislative body) celebrates the day every year by awarding National Award to individuals for their contributions to science and technology in India.
India’s President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind stressed the specific qualities of the awarded technologies. “First, they offer solutions necessary for the Indian context, and contribute to our people’s social and economic needs. Second, at affordable prices, they do all of this. Third, and this is the most critical to my mind, they don’t compromise on quality, “he said.
On This Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted all those who leverage technology to make a positive difference in other people’s lives.
PM Modi said on Twitter referring to India’s Pokhran nuclear test in Rajasthan: “On National Technology Day, our nation salutes all those who are leveraging technology to bring a positive difference in the lives of others. We remember the exceptional achievement of our scientists on this day in 1998. It was a landmark moment in India’s history,”
“The tests in Pokhran in 1998 also showed the difference a strong political leadership can make,” he said in another tweet.