National Technology Day
National Technology Day is celebrated all over India on May 11th every year, with great zeal and enthusiasm. The day is celebrated to commemorate India’s three major milestones in the field of science & technology. These include the nuclear bomb tests conducted at Pokhran in Rajasthan, the test firing of the indigenously developed “Trishul” missile and the test flight of the indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3”. All the three events occurred on the same day i.e. May 11th 1998. Since then, May 11th is celebrated as National Technology Day all over India by scientific, industrial and educational institutions, with pomp and gaiety.
History of National Technology Day
A series of five controlled nuclear bomb tests were conducted at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan on May 11th and 13th, 1998. The first three out of the five nuclear tests were conducted on May 11th, 1998, when the three nuclear devices were detonated simultaneously. However, this triggered earthquake in the nearby seismic stations, registering 5.3 on Richter scale. So, the next two tests were postponed to May 13th, which was also conducted successfully. As a result, May 11th, 1998 was officially signed as the National Technology Day by the then Prime Minister of India.
National Technology Day Celebrations
Several events are organised by scientific and educational institutions to mark the occasion. On this day, various educational institutions including schools and engineering colleges organise lectures, quizzes, presentations and interactive sessions etc. on different aspects of science & technology, to motivate the young minds to adopt the field as their career.
National Technology Day is a wonderful opportunity to praise the use of science and technology in everyday life. So, celebrate the day with your child at home in the following ways:
This way, celebrate National Technology Day with your child at home and motivate her to develop more interest in science subject.