National Technology Day, May 11 2021: History & Significance

National Technology Day, May 11 2021: History & Significance

Every year on May 11th, the nation celebrates the achievements and breakthroughs of scientists and engineers in the field of technology which have helped India reach the level of technological progress at which it is today. From smartphones and TVs, to rockets, Indian scientists and engineers have covered vast ground of technological upgrades and progress. From watching tv programs on the television sets to now streaming online and using quirky mobile stands to watch shows anywhere; from using huge speakers to now using portable bluetooth speakers, we all are in the age of modern advanced technology. Hence, on May 11th 2021, don't forget to appreciate and honour the ones who have contributed greatly towards India's scientific achievements and made life easier and better for all of us today.

Let's see how it all started.

When was the first National Technology Day celebrated?


The first National Technology Day was celebrated on 11th May 1999 commenced by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to honour scientists and engineers. Since then, the Technology Department Board has been honouring them for their innovations every year on the same date.

What is the significance of National Technology Day?


Three successful nuclear tests were conducted on 11th May 1998 at the Indian Army's Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan under Operation Shakti, led by the late-President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The mission was carried out by the Indian Army in collaboration with scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMDER). These tests marked India's entry into the nuclear weapons arena.

How is National Technology Day celebrated?


Every year, the Technology Development Board announces a theme. The theme for National Technology Day 2021 is Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future. Considering the present day situations, the theme is quite befitting.

On National Technology Day, there is a grand event organized in the country's capital, New Delhi, with the President of India invited as Chief Guest. In this event, scientists and engineers are awarded and honoured for their achievements in their field by the President.

National Technology Day in 2021


Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded our nation's scientists and engineers saying "Over the last year, they have worked industriously to fight Covid-19. I appreciate their spirit and remarkable zeal." 

It is because of the hard-work and undeterred spirit of our country's scientists that today, in 2021, we are going through one of the worst of times yet there is hope for things to get better. They have not given up and have put their lives in danger in order to save us. Coronavirus has tested all of us, in more ways than one, and our scientists have powered through and are working harder than ever to conquer this battle.

With technological progress, scientific breakthroughs and innovations, today India is a developing country with many scientific achievements in its bag. From 3D effects in films to Virtual Reality (VR), smart technology has now made creative and stellar innovations. Stunning and innovative lamps & lights like modular touch lights and lamps with wireless charging pad are also a possibility now with high-end technology.

On National Technology Day 2021 we urge you all to appreciate our scientists and engineers and remember how important it is to have these bright minds in our country to keep moving forward and making progress.

What can we do on National Technology Day 2021?


Due to the severe situation of the pandemic, the celebration of National Technology Day will not be held at New Delhi this year. However, while staying home and staying safe there is one small thing we all can do and should do - become aware. Read about the great scientists of our nation who were pioneers and leaders in their fields and put India on the map of technological prowess. From A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to Raj Reddy who is the first person of Asian origin to receive the Turing Award for his work in Artificial Intelligence. Get to know your history and your nation's achievements in the field of science & technology attained by the best minds of our nation.

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For now, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Stay home & keep shopping online!

Sources:

NDTV
Hindustan Times

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