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May 11: National Technology Day

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National Technology Day is celebrated on 11 May across India.

  • The Technology Development Board (TDB) a statutory body of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) celebrates this day every year to commemorate achievements of innovations and technological excellence in the country.

Theme for 2021:

  • This year, the National Technology Day is being celebrated under the theme – “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.

Key Points:

  • The Ministry of Science and Technology organizes several events across the country to celebrate the day.
  • The National Technology Day is celebrated in India for two reasons namely:
  • To mark the anniversary of Pokhran Nuclear tests that was conducted in 1998.
  • To highlight the importance of technological advancements for the country
  • The day is being celebrated as National Technology Day since 1999.

History of National Technology Day:

  • Every year, National Technology Day is celebrated across India on 11 May to memorize the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998.
  • Shakti also knows as the Pokhran Nuclear Test was the first nuclear test code-named ‘Smiling Buddha’ was carried out in May 1974.
  • The second test was then conducted as Pokhran II which was a series of five tests of nuclear bomb explosions carried out by India at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in May 1998.
  • The first test was a Fusion Bomb and the rest four were fission bombs.
  • It was under the initiative of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the tests were conducted.
  • This operation was administered by late president and aerospace engineer Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • All these nuclear tests evolved various sanctions against India by many major countries, including the United States (US) and Japan.
  • After the test, India becomes a nuclear state thus making it the sixth country in the world that has joined the nations “nuclear club”.

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