National Technology Day celebrations highlight surge in entrepreneurship spirit for cost-effective tech

The National Technology Day celebrations highlighted an increase in entrepreneurship spirit to develop cost-effective indigenous solutions.

National Technology Day

  • Since 1999, May 11 is celebrated as National Technology Day to mark India’s technological advancements.
  • Every year, the Technology Development Board of India (a statutory body under the Ministry of Science and Technology) celebrates the day by awarding individuals with National Award for their contribution to science and technology in India. 
  • TBD  provides financial assistance to Indian industrial concerns and other agencies, for the commercialization of indigenized technologies or adaptation of imported technologies for wider domestic applications. Since its inception in 1996, TDB has funded more than 300 companies for the commercialization of technologies.
  • Every year, for the furtherance of its mandate, TDB seeks applications for National awards for commercialization of technologies under three categories National Awards, MSME awards, and Startup awards
  • These awards are conferred to various industries for the successful commercialization of innovative indigenous technology. 
  • This annual honour provides a platform of recognition to the Indian industries and their technology provider who work to bring innovation to the market and help in contributing to the vision of “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat”.
  • On May 11, 1998, India detonated three nuclear bombs in the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range.
  • Dr APJ Abdul Kalam leads the Indian team of scientists to successfully test-fire the Shakti-1 nuclear missile at Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range.
  • Two days later, the country successfully tested two more nuclear weapons as a part of the same Pokhran-II/Operation Shakti initiative. After these tests Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared India a nuclear state, making it the sixth country to join the ‘nuclear club’ of nations.
  • Successful test firing of Trishul, a short-range missile made in India, was also done on the same day.
  • India is currently among eight countries in the world that have a publicly known nuclear weapons programme.
  • In 1974, India conducted its first nuclear test, codenamed “Smiling Buddha”, at Pokhran in Rajasthan.
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