New Delhi: India is observing the National Technology Day today. On the occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the historic day–the day when India achieved a major technological breakthrough by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran.
Taking to the Twitter, President Kovind wrote:
Greetings to the fellow citizens on the National Technology Day, marking the anniversary of the nuclear tests of 1998. On this occasion, we celebrate the incomparable contribution of the scientific community in making the nation self-reliant.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 11, 2020
“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,” PM Modi said on Twitter referring to India’s nuclear test in Rajasthan’s Pokhran.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 11, 2020
Every year, May 11 is observed as National Technology Day.
This day marks the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests of 1998 and India’s technological advancements in space. Pokhran nuclear tests were a series of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at the Pokhran Test Range. It is also celebrated to honour technological advancements and their successful commercialisation which takes the fruits of research to reach people at large.
History of National Technology
On May 11, 1998, India successfully fired an Operation Shakti missile at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan. This was the first among the five nuclear tests in Pokhran. The Test was led by late aerospace engineer and President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Later, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee declared India as a nuclear state. This made India the sixth country to join the nuclear club of nations. Hence, in India, since 1999, May 11 is celebrated as National Technology Day.Significance of National Technology Day
The aim to celebrate National Technology Day is to highlight the achievements of our scientists and engineers in the field of science and technology. Apart from testing missiles, the Defense Research and Development Organization also accomplished the last test-fire of the Trishul missile which was introduced by the Indian Air Force and the Indian army.
Based on these immense breakthrough achievements by the engineers, scientists and technicians of the country, Atal Bihari Vajpayee announces May 11 as National Technology Day. Every year, the Ministry of Science and technology set a theme for national Technology day as a symbol of creativity and scientific inquiry.