May 11: National Technology Day
Every year, `National Technology Day’ is observed across India on May 11.
This day glorifies the importance of science in day-to-day life and motivates students to adopt science as a career option.
National Technology Day is being commemorated to celebrate the anniversary of first of the five tests of Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear test which was 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 and India also conducted successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.
Considering all these 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 for their successful achievement in commercialization of Indigenous Technology.