Every year the Union Ministry of Science and Technology celebrates National Technology Day on May 11 to commemorate the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests of 1998. Shakti is the Pokhran nuclear test which was held on 11th of May, 1998. The day highlights the important role of Science in our daily lives and encourages students to embrace Science as a career option.
Various events are organized in different technical institutes and engineering colleges to mark the day. Competitions, quizzes, lectures, interactive sessions and presentations of various aspects of Science are managed globally. The day is crucial for engineers, planners, scientists and others .
Why is National Technology Day Celebrated?
On 11th of May, 1998, India victoriously tests fired the nuclear missile – Shakti-I at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in Rajasthan in an operation administered by the late president and aerospace engineer Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. After two days, the country victoriously tested two additional nuclear weapons. Following this, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced India as a nuclear state, making it sixth country in the world that has joined the nations “nuclear club” and the first country that was not the party to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT).
That is not all. On 11th May, 1998, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) also accomplished the last test-fire of the Trishul missile, which was then introduced into service by the Indian Air Force and Indian Army. A surface-to-air, quick-reaction, short-range missile, Trishul was a unit of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of India which has resulted in the formation of Prithvi, Akash and Agni missile systems.
Based on these immense breakthrough accomplishments by the engineers, scientists and technicians of the country, Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced 11th May as the National Technology Day
Suggestions for Celebrating National Technology Day in India in Better Way
India accounts for around 10% expenditure in the field of research and development in Asia and the number of its scientific publications are also growing at a fast rate. However, our country is still lagging in science and technology in comparison with the other developed countries of the world. Even though it comprises of a huge population, the number of scientists in the country is very less. National Technology Day serves as the best platform to spread awareness about the importance of science and technology for the growth and development of India.
Here are some suggestions to celebrate the day:
- Parents must educate their children about the famous scientists of India along with their discoveries. Such knowledge instils the importance of science in children and encourages them to choose it as their career.
- Children must also be encouraged to participate in science fairs, projects and quizzes held in their institutions. They can also play online science quizzes and games.
- People of the country must pay a visit to science and technology museums of the nation like National Science Center, Nehru Planetarium
- News channels must present the importance of science and technology along with the live interviews with scientists who have made great contributions to the nation. There should also be panel discussions on the relevance of science with famous personalities in this field.
- People must read science-related magazines and even encourage others to read to and to get information on the use of technology in several fields like agriculture, pharmacy, infrastructure and health.