Every year on May 11th, India celebrates National Technology Day to acknowledge the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of its scientists, engineers, and technologists in advancing the country. This day holds significant cultural and historical value, emphasizing India’s commitment to innovation and pursuit of technological progress. The following year’s National Technology Day will have the subject “School to Startups- Igniting Young Minds to Innovate.
This occasion serves as a tribute to the remarkable achievements of Indian scientists, engineers, and technologists in areas such as defense technology, agriculture, healthcare, communication, and space exploration. National Technology Day offers an opportunity to recognize and express gratitude for their contributions to the country’s development. It also motivates the younger generation to pursue STEM careers and fosters a culture of research and innovation within the nation.
The history of National Technology Day in India dates back to May 11, 1998, when India conducted a series of five nuclear tests, code-named Pokhran-II, in the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The successful tests included a thermonuclear device, making India a nuclear power and part of the elite group of nations possessing nuclear weapons. To recognise the engineers and scientists who helped the tests succeed and to commemorate India’s technical advances, the Indian government proclaimed May 11th as National Technology Day.
Since that time, India has celebrated National Technology Day every year to encourage the advancement of science and technology. It highlights the country’s progress in various fields, including space research, defense technology, agriculture, healthcare, and communication, and inspires the nation to continue on the path of innovation and progress.