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National Technology Day 2021 and its genesis: A salute to the scientists and engineers

The origin of National Technology Day can be traced back to 1998, when on May 11, India witnessed multiple commendable technological innovations.

Observed across the country every year on May 11, National Technology Day reminisces the accomplishments of engineers and scientists in technology and science. The date marks the progress in the country’s technology.

First observed on May 11, 1999, it aims to bring out the relentless experiments and formulations of scientists and engineers who strive to bring cure and innovation, and celebrate their success.

Significance of National Technology Day

The origin of National Technology Day, can be traced back to 1998, when on May 11, India witnessed multiple commendable technological innovations.

Since then, the Technology Development Board (TDB) has set apart the date to commemorate and felicitate the flag bearers of science in the country.

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Theme of National Technology Day 2021

The Technology Development Board assigns a specific and unique theme for celebration each year.

The theme for this year reads, “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.

Historical origin and significance of the day

The former Indian Prime minister, Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee conceived this term to glorify the contributions made by Indian scientists. The special weightage which May 11 carries, comes from India’s first successful test in Pokhran conducted on the same day.  

May 11, 1998, saw the victorious firing of the Shakti-I nuclear missile at an Army test range in Rajasthan’s Pokhran. India carried out two such nuclear tests in the following two days as part of the same operation, which gained the country a leap into the elite group of nuclear power nations.

India corroborated the rest of her first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 taking off from Bengaluru. After testing Hansa-3, India performed a successful test firing of the Trishul missile on May 11, 1998 and bagged another laurel to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 

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Quotes that will challenge the Scientist in you

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” —Buckminster Fuller

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” — Albert Einstein

“We have to stop optimizing for programmers and start optimizing for users.” —Jeff Atwood

“It is supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.” — John Brunner

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” —Arthur C. Clarke

“Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.” —Alan Kay

“Our technology forces us to live mythically.” — Marshall McLuhan

“I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them.” —Isaac Asimov

Written by: Arpita Patro

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