New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Every year on May 11 we celebrate National Technology Day. On this day in 1998, India successfully tested Shakti-I nuclear missile in the Indian Army's Test range in Pokhran, Rajasthan. The day acts as a reminder of the country's technological advancements. National Technology also marks the flight of Hansa-3, first indigenous aircraft of India. It was developed by National aerospace laboratories.

History

On May 11, 1998, India successfully ejected operated Shakti missile at Indian Army's Pokran Test range in Rajasthan. Led by late aerospace engineer and President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, it was first among five nuclear tests in Pokhran. Later, the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Bajpayee declared India a nuclear state and it became sixth country to join nuclear club of nations. Thus, this day is celebrated as National technology day since 1999.

Significance

National Technology Day is celebrated to highlight the achievements of our engineers and scientists in the field of technology and science. After immense breakthroughs by scientists and engineers and technicals in India, Atal Bihari Bajpayee announced May 11 as National Technology Day. The Ministry of Science and Technology sets a theme for National Technology Day every year as a symbol of creativity and scientific inquiry.  Apart from missile tests, Defense Research and Development Organization also conducted the last test-fire of Trishul missile introduced by the IAF and the Indian army.

This day is celebrated by presenting awards to noteworthy individuals, individuals, and businesses for their contribution in the field of technology and science. Several events are organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Scriptwriting, speech and essay competitions are organised in schools. Theme based articles are promoted by the department of science and technology. But, this year due to lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, no such events or competition will take place.

Posted By: James Kuanal