National Technology Day

Every year, May 11th is celebrated in India as National Technology Day.

Why May 11th is celebrated as National Technology Day?

To mark the anniversary of the Pokhran nuclear tests (Pokhran-II) conducted in May 1998.

What were the Pokhran-II nuclear tests?

They were a series of five nuclear tests conducted under the administration of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan’s Thar desert from 11th to 13th May 1998.

What was the code name of the Pokhran-II nuclear tests?

Operation Shakti.

When did India conduct its first nuclear test?

The first nuclear tests were conducted by India in 1974. It was code-named, Smiling Buddha.

When National Technology Day was first observed?

It was first observed on 11th May 1999.

What is the theme for this year’s National Technology Day?

Integrated Approach in Science & Technology for Sustainable Future.

How National Technology Day is celebrated?

The National Technology day pays honors scientists and engineers for their technological contributions to India. The Technology Development Board (TDB) under the Department of Science and Technology calls for applications for the national awards for the commercialization of technologies.

Under what categories, the awards are given?

The awards are given under the following three categories: National Awards, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) awards, and Startup awards.

What is Technology Development Board (TDB)?

Technology Development Board (TDB) is a statutory body, established in 1996 under the Technology Development Board Act, 1995. The objective of TDB is to promote the development and commercialization of indigenous technology.

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