On National Technology Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian people with these comments. He then tweets praising scientists’ contributions and government leaders’ fortitude in completing the Pokhran tests in 1998.
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National Technology Day History
11 May 1998 was a watershed moment in contemporary Indian history. On this day, India successfully test-fired the Shakti-I nuclear missile, which was developed in-house, at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan.
On 13 May, India followed up with the successful test-fire of two additional nuclear bombs, completing the spectacular Operation Shakti headed by former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (then-head of DRDO), Atomic Energy Commission Chairman R. Chidambaram, and a team of illustrious scientists. India became the sixth nation to join the “nuclear club” when then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee proclaimed India nuclear competent.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation had a busy day (DRDO). Trishul, India’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Program’s quick-response, short-range SAM (surface-to-air missile), completed its last test firing on the same day. Trishul joined the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force the next year. Indian scientists have once again shown their worth, making the country proud.
But that’s not all. Hansa – 3, India’s first indigenous aircraft, took to the skies in Bengaluru on the same day. National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a subsidiary of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), collaborated with Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd to build this light two-seater multi-purpose aircraft.
PM Vajpayee designated 11 May to be National Technology Day beginning in 1999 to honour the three incredible accomplishments of Indian scientists and the groundbreaking technology shown in each instance.
India’s Technology Development Board (TDB) manages national festivals and selects a science and technology theme for the year. On this day, the TDB also honours outstanding scientific and technical accomplishments. Various scientific and technical research groups around the nation also celebrate celebrations.
India’s Technology Experiment
India has generated some of the world’s most brilliant scientific brains. We may even argue that technology is a national obsession. Indian experts have proved that our defence technology is second to none, whether developing indigenous nuclear weapons or designing our light combat aircraft, Tejas. From defence to space exploration, consider the success of Chandrayaan 1, the space probe that orbited the moon in 2008, putting ISRO on par with NASA and the European Space Agency.
Mangalyaan, on the other hand, is a shining example of low-cost, cutting-edge technology-driven by dedicated scientists. India developed its first supercomputer, PARAM 800, in 1991, marking a significant step forward in supercomputing. India is one of the greatest marketplaces for computers, tablets, and smartphones, with millions of people using technology. Indians and Indian-origin techies make up a sizable percentage of the Silicon Valley population. India continues to be looked upon for technical breakthroughs and solutions throughout the globe.
National Technology Day is the ideal time to inspire our young and elderly to explore the wonderful world of technology and rise to our rightful position as global leaders in scientific research and technical innovation. It is now time for India to preserve its epic affair with technology, which began more than seven decades ago.