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.
2016 Theme: Technology enablers of Startup India’.
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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