May 11: National Technology Day

National Technology Day is being observed across India on May 11 to glorify the importance of science in day-to-day life and motivate students to adopt science as a career option.

2017 Theme: ‘Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth’. Several events are organized in various engineering colleges and technical institutes to mark the occasion.

Significance of the day

The day is being commemorated to celebrate the anniversary of first of the five tests of Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear test, held on 11 May 1998 in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

Apart from Pokhran nuclear test, on this day first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 was test flown at Bangalore.

India also conducted successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.


Considering all these technical achievements, 11 May was chosen to be commemorated as National Technology Day.

To commemorate this day, Technology Development Board (TDB) has instituted a National Award.

This award is conferred on to various individuals and industries by the President for their successful achievement in commercialization of Indigenous Technology.

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