May 11th is celebrated as ‘National Technology Day’ across India. The observance of the day is an attempt to celebrate the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test which was held way back on 11th May 1998.
‘Pokhran-II refers to the series of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by India at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range on May 1998. It was the second nuclear test since the first test, code-named Smiling Buddha, had been conducted in May 1974.’
‘Pokhran-II consisted of five detonations, of which the first was a fusion bomb and the remaining four were fission bombs. These nuclear tests resulted in a variety of sanctions against India by a number of major states, including Japan and the United States.’
The day glorifies the significance of science and technology in daily life and to encourage the youth and students to resort to science as their career options.
Various scientific programs are organized in engineering colleges and educational institutions.
Events such as lectures, presentations, quizzes and interactive sessions are held in colleges and schools.
The day is important for engineers, scientists, and nation builders. The ministry of science and technology gives awards to individuals and companies for inventing new technology.