India observes National Technology Day! The day May 11 marks the importance of India’s technological advancements right from the day when the country tested its first nuclear bomb.
India observes National Technology Day! The day May 11 marks the importance of India’s technological advancements right from the day when the country tested its first nuclear bomb. After the first test of a nuclear bomb on May 11, 1998 in Pokhran, this day has made an important place for technological innovations in India. It is to note that India tested its Shakti-1 nuclear missile and the operation was called Operation Shakti or Pokhran-II. The day was declared as National Technology Day by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee that reminds people of the country’s achievements in this particular sector.
There are other major achievements apart from the nuclear bomb testing in the field of science and testing that commemorates the day. This year the technological focus is set across ‘Commercialising Indigenous Technologies: Journey from Benchside to Business Programme’ where the dignitaries suggested many ways to take this forward, according to a report by Times Now. Apart from this, the Technology Development Board of India every year celebrates this day by handing out National awards to individuals for their contribution to science and technology developments in India, the report said.
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Moreover, India’s first-ever indigenous aircraft Hansa-1 took flight on this day. Apart from this, the DRDO – Defense Research and Development Organisation also tested the Trishul missile, which is a surface-to-air, short-range missile with a quick reaction, the report added. India’s top leaders took to Twitter and expressed their feelings over this day. The county’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is thankful for the technology that is helping the government fight against the novel Coronavirus and hopes that the country keeps harnessing the technology. He also shared a video of him talking about India’s scientists and Atal Ji’s remarkable leadership for Pokhran-II.
Today, technology is helping many in the efforts to make the world free from COVID-19. I salute all those at the forefront of research and innovation on ways to defeat Coronavirus. May we keep harnessing technology in order to create a healthier and better planet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 11, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed that this day the country will celebrate “the incomparable contribution of the scientific community” which helped the nation become self-reliant. India’s Vice-President urged the scientists to come up with some solutions that are low-cost and innovative to help combat challenges like COVID-19 pandemic further improving the lives of common people. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Dharmendra Pradhan too saluted the efforts of India’s scientific community for their contribution.
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
Greetings On #NationalTechnologyDay.
While celebrating the remarkable strides made by India in Science & Technology, I urge scientists to come up with innovative low-cost solutions to overcome challenges like COVID-19 pandemic & improve the lives of common people.
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) May 11, 2020