National Technology Day
National Technology Day is celebrated across India every year on 11 May to commemorate India’s scientific advancement. On 11 May 1998 India successfully tested nuclear bombs in Pokhran, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided to celebrate National Technology Day on 11th May.
Apart from the nuclear tests being conducted, India’s first indigenous aircraft – the Hansa 3 – also took flight in the state of Bengaluru. Designed by National Aerospace Laboratory, India, the light, two-seater aircraft was aimed to serve pilot training, surveillance, aerial photography and other such purposes.
India performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day. At that time very few countries have nuclear power and India had become one of those elite players and became the sixth country to join the nuclear club.
On 13 May 1998, two additional fission bombs were detonated and the then Prime Minister shortly convened a press conference to declare India as a full-fledged nuclear state.
Every year, on this day, the Technology Development Board of India awards various individuals with national awards for their contribution to indigenous technology.
The Department of Science and Technology, Department of Bio-Technology, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and several other scientific departments are the part of this event. The people are awarded for their contribution so that they excel more and more in their research by the President of India.
The ministry of science and technology also coordinates different events across India.
All the decorations and planning of the event should be done according to the theme that is selected each year. Script, speech or essay competitions are organized in several institutions.
Theme based articles are also promoted etc.
Therefore, it is necessary to create interest and awareness about science and technology to the students. No doubt National Technology Day is a great way to encourage the youth of the country to come forward and also is the way to appreciate the scientists, researchers for India’s growing technology.
Our responsibility towards the National Technology Day is –
1. Parents must educate their children about the famous scientists of India along with their discoveries. Such knowledge instills the importance of science in children and encourages them to choose it as their career. Children must also be encouraged to participate in science fairs, projects, and quizzes held in their institutions. They can also play online science quizzes and games.
2. People of the country must pay a visit to science and technology museums of the nation like the National Science Center, Nehru Planetarium.
3. News channels must present the importance of science and technology along with living interviews with scientists who have made great contributions to the nation. There should also be panel discussions on the relevance of science with famous personalities in this field.
4. People must read science-related magazines and even encourage others to read to and to get information on the use of technology in several fields like agriculture, pharmacy, infrastructure, and health.