National Technology Day has been observed across India on May 11 to mark India’s technological advancements and to promote the development of technology in various fields. The official theme for this year is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.
On May 11, 1998, India detonated three nuclear bombs in the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam lead the Indian team of scientists to successfully test-fire the Shakti-1 nuclear missile at Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range.
Hansa 3, India’s first indigenous aircraft was first tested on the same day in 1998 in Bangalore.
Successful test firing of Trishul, a short-range missile made in India, was also done on the same day.
Every year, on this day, the Technology Development Board of India awards various individuals with national awards for their contribution to indigenous technology.