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National Technology Day 2021

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    Science & Technology
  • Published
    17th May, 2021

The National Technology Day is celebrated to mark the 30 years of the huge advancements India has made in the Science and Technology sector.

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The National Technology Day is celebrated to mark the 30 years of the huge advancements India has made in the Science and Technology sector.

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Highlights of the National Technology Day 2021

  • It is celebrated every year on May 11 is across the country as National Technology Day.
  • It was the 30th National Technology Day.
  • The first time the National Technology Day was celebrated was on May 11, 1999.
  • The day celebrates the achievements in the Science and Technology sector.
  • The Technology Development Board has also instituted awards that are conferred by the President of India to scientists for their achievements in the field of technology and innovations.
  • Theme: Each year a different theme is given for celebrating this important day.
    • This is decided by the Technology Development Board (TDB).
    • This year’s theme, 2021: “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.
    • The theme 2020: ‘Rebooting the Economy through Science, Technology and Research Translations’ — ‘RESTART’.
  • Significance of the day: On the same day in 1998, India carried out three successful nuclear tests under the name Operation Shakti, at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range which is located in Rajasthan, which had following features:
    • It was the code name given to the nuclear tests.
    • The tests were led by the late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
    • These nuclear tests gave India entry into the elite group of nations with nuclear weapons.
    • India became the sixth nation to join the `nuclear-club’.
    • The Indian Army in collaboration with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMDER) and scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the tests.
  • The day also remembered the country’s first-ever indigenous aircraft, Hansa-1 flight which was designed by National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL).
  • On this day the DRDO also tested a short-range missile with a quick reaction time – surface-to-air Trishul missile.
  • The day is also a boost to Atmanirbhar Bharat with the focus on making India a self-reliant nation.
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