National Technology Day 2020: why do we celebrate this day on May 11
National Technology Day is celebrated to mark India’s progress in the field of science and technology. The day Pokhran of 1988 marks the anniversary of the nuclear test (Operation Shakti). The missile was test-fired at the Indian Army Pokhran Test Range, Rajasthan. It was later headed by aerospace engineer and President APJ Abdul Kalam. After its successful trial, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpai called India a full nuclear state. He also coined the term ‘National Technology Day’.
Operation Shakti followed two successful tests of two nuclear weapons. National Technology Day also marks the flight of the first indigenous aircraft called Hansa-3. It was flown to Bengaluru during nuclear tests at Pokhran. The two-seater aircraft is currently used in flight institutes for pilot training and monitoring, sports, aerial photography, and other projects.
It is the day that the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) completed the Trishul missile tests, which were later introduced into the defense service by the IAF and the Indian Army. Trishul was a unit of IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program), which resulted in the construction of Akash, Agni and Prithvi missile systems.
National Technology Day highlights the significant contribution and significant contribution of our engineers and scientists in the field of science and technology. It also encourages youth towards technology and science and adopts it as a career.
Every year the Technology Development Board honors individuals from India with national awards for their contribution to the field of science and technology. On the occasion, engineering colleges across India organize programs to support scientific efforts and promote interest among students. But due to the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this year, no such incident will occur.