Technology has caused a lot of advancement in our society and makes our lives easier. It helps in communication and connects people together from every corner of the world. Technology is one of the fundamental factors for the progress and improvement of our society, and it is one of the greatest gifts received by mankind.
Introduction of National Technology Day
India celebrates National Technology Day on May 11th every year. This day celebrates the works and efforts of scientists, researchers, engineers and everyone else who are committed to the field of science. This day also commemorates Operation Shakti, in which India successfully completed three nuclear tests at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan. This mission was executed by the Indian Army, along with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMDER) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (AMDER). The main motive of this day is discovering several methods by which we can make nuclear weapons technological products inside the country in cost-effective ways,
History of National Technology Day
National Technology Day is celebrated on May 11th to mark the achievements of India in the field of science and technology. It also honours the scientists and researchers who work hard to up the level of technology so that our lives can be so much more convenient and easier.
May 11th was chosen for celebrating this occasion because it was on this day that India made a breakthrough into the group of elite countries which possesses nuclear weapons. On May 11th, in the year of 1998, India performed three nuclear tests at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan. This mission was executed by the Indian Army, along with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMDER) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (AMDER). Two days later, On May 13th, two more nuclear tests were performed. All of these tests were performed under the supervision and leadership of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who eventually became the eleventh president of India. India performed the first nuclear tests in the year 1974, which was known as “Smiling Buddha.”
On May 11th, 1998, India reached another milestone in technology when it successfully completed the test of its first indigenous aircraft known as Hansa 3. This aircraft was designed and made by the National Aerospace Laboratory, and the aircraft was made to fly in Bengaluru. It was a light aircraft made for only two people. It was made for serving several purposes like pilot training, surveillance and other reconnaissance activities.
India also successfully completed the test of firing the country’s first surface to air missile, known as Trishul. The tests were done under the guidance of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program of India. It was then introduced into the Indian Army as well as in the Indian Air Force. This mission also took place on May 11th.
The Government of India recognized all of these wonderful accomplishments in the field of technology and science and decided to mark May 11th as National Technology Day.
Significance of National Technology Day
National Technology Day is a very significant day in the history of the country because it was on this day that India executed several prominent missions in the field of technology and science and successfully passed all of them. On this day, India became one of the few elite countries in the world which has possession of nuclear weapons. This day was also important for its contributions to the Indian Army and the defence of the country.
National Technology Day also celebrates the efforts and immense hard work of the researchers and scientists who work tirelessly to make advancements in technology, facilitating the progress of the country.
Over the recent years, science and technology in the country have reached new heights. It has contributed tremendously towards the growth of industries as well as settlement. This has resulted in the significant growth of the economy of the country. India was developed Space Science, Atomic Energy and numerous successful satellite systems. Technology has also resulted in the improvement and advancement of medical facilities. The Government of India has also invested enough to help in the advancement and betterment of technology in our country.
Indian industries are as competent as every other county worldwide, and National Technology celebrates this tireless work of the scientists and researchers to help to make the country as progressed and advanced as it is today.
How is National Technology Day Celebrated?
On National Technology Day, the Ministry of Science and Technology organizes several workshops, seminars and conferences. All the technological advancements and innovations that have helped in the betterment of the country are honoured by The Technology Development Board. On this day, the President also awards the scientists and researchers for their marvellous contributions.
The technology Development Board selects nominees for National Awards, and fifteen winners are selected by the panellists, consisting of eminent scientists and technologists. The main motive of this award ceremony is to promote an indigenous way of advancing technology in accordance with the idea of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. National Technology Day highlights the necessity and the importance of Technology in our everyday lives and encourages us to take it as a career.
Schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions celebrate National Technology Day by organizing workshops or seminars for students, science exhibitions, quizzes and debates based on science and technology.
When is National Technology Day Celebrated?
India celebrates National Technology Day annually on May 11th. It was observed for the first time on May 11th, 1999. National Technology Day will be held on May 11th in the year 2022.
Theme of National Technology Day
National Technology Day is based on a certain theme every year, and the theme for the year 2021 was the role of Science and Technology for a sustainable future. The theme for the year 2022 has not been revealed yet.
Some Interesting Facts about Technology
- The logo for the browser Firefox is not actually a fox but a panda.
- The word Robot comes from a Czech word, robota, which means forced labour.
- The first Video Camera Recorder (VCR) was almost the size of a piano.
- The first computer mouse was made out of wood and not plastic.
- The first alarm ever made had the ability to ring only one time.
- Apollo 11 could not afford insurance because it was too expensive, and the risks were high back then.
- The URL for Yahoo was akebono.standford.edu
- The app Snapchat was originally named Picaboo in the year 2011.
- The word “Android” actually means a human with the appearance of a male robot.
- There are around a billion searches on Google every month.
- The word Technophobia refers to the fear of technology.
- Old people who use the internet are known as ‘silver surfers.’
- The system of QWERTY keyboard was originally invented to slow down the typing speed of people.
- In the year 1936, Russia created a computer that ran on water.
Technology is the greatest gift created by mankind, and it has done wonders for human civilization. It has brought people all over the world together and has made things possible, which apparently seemed to accomplish. Technology has facilitated our country as well as other countries to make nuclear weapons. This is why we should use the gifts of technology wisely and judiciously and maintain diplomatic peace and harmony. This will prevent future wars and the fate that was met by the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. National Technology Day urges us to understand the need for science and technology and give it its deserved importance.