On 11 May 1998, India achieved a major technological breakthrough by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran under the able leadership of the then Prime Minister, Sh Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Also, first indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore on this day and India performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day. Considering above technological achievements on a particular date, the day of 11 May was declared as the National Technology Day. The first National Technology Day was celebrated on 11th May 1999 in presence of Hon’ble Atalji.
Since then, the Ministry of Science and Technology has been celebrating 11th May as National Technology Day every year. The day is regarded as a symbol of quest for scientific inquiry, technological creativity and the translation of that quest in the integration of Science, Society and Industry. Awarding companies for commercialization of their product implies that the technological innovations have reached people at large.
This year Ministry of Science and Technology celebrated 19th National Technology Day Function on 11th May 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi under the theme “Technology for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”.
Hon’ble President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest of the event and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences presided over the function. Shri Y. S. Chowdary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences was the Guest of Honor.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. In his welcome address, he highlighted that innovation, incubation of scientific ideas in Technology Business Incubators and Start-up India as major contributors of the “Make in India” efforts.
Sh. Y. S. Chowdary, Hon’ble Minister of State for S&T and ES while addressing the Technology Day 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan quoted “Realizing that innovation is the engine for national & global growth, employment, competitiveness and sharing of opportunities in the 21st century, the Government of India declared 2010-2020 as the Decade of Innovation”. He suggested “Technological Innovations are needed in Infrastructure, Agriculture, Energy, Healthcare and Education to have wider ramifications”.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of S&T and ES enumerated various achievements of the Government under able leadership of the Prime Minister. He quoted the new formula given by the PM i.e. “IT plus IT is equal to IT or Information Technology plus Indian Talent is equal to India Tomorrow“. It is important for the country to adapt to new technologies and stay ahead of others. He further stated, “While we applaud significant achievements in space, atomic energy, meteorology & biotechnology, we must also contemplate on whether the technological developments are limited to a few sectors, or are they all inclusive and encompassing, improving the lives of our vast population on a day-to-day basis”.
Hon’ble President Sh. Pranab Mukherjee emphasized that “Scientific and Technological developments are key to any nation’s success, and nations harboring ambitions of self-reliance must strive to excel on these fronts. India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research and Indian science progressed to become one of the most powerful instruments of knowledge. The achievement in agriculture has been remarkable through use of modern & appropriate technologies during the year. He highlighted DST as major player imparting S & T education & training; and Technology Development Board for health products globally especially vaccines.
The concluding remarks and vote of thanks was given by Sh. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, TDB
Hon’ble Minister for S&T and ES and MOS S&T and ES later inaugurated exhibition telling “TDB’s future symphony” and interacted with companies funded by TDB during 2016-17.