National Technology Day is celebrated annually on May 11th in India.

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  • The 10th Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee designated May 11 as National Technology Day (NTD) in India.
  • The day commemorates the Pokhran nuclear tests conducted by the Indian Army in Rajasthan, in 1998.
  • The inaugural celebration of NTD was organized by the Council for Technology on May 11, 1999. Since then, India has observed NTD every year on 11 May.
  • The Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar was also announced on NTD.
  • This year’s theme is “School to Startups – Inspiring Young Minds to Innovate” as is chosen by the Technology Development Board (TDB).
  • The theme aims to inspire young minds to innovate and guide them towards the path of establishing their startup.  

Significance of the Day

  • It Emphasizes its pivotal role in solidifying the nation’s position as a global leader in technological innovation.
  • It aims to cultivate a scientific mindset and inspire the younger generation to pursue careers in technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • It presents an ideal opportunity to recognise the invaluable contributions of innovators, scientists, and engineers as catalysts for growth.

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