11 May: National Technology Day of India
The National Technology Day 2017 was observed in India with the theme Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth.
The day is commemorated to mark the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests of 1998. It also marks India's scientific prowess and technological advancements.
It was the same date in 1998 when India successfully conducted first among the five nuclear tests in Pokhran under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The tests showcased India's strength to the entire world.
Why 11 May 1998 was so significant for National Technology Day commemoration?
• On 11 May 1998, India tested three nuclear bombs for the defence team in Pokhran, Rajasthan. India became the sixth country to join the top notch nuclear powered countries.
• Hansa, India’s first designed and produced at home aircraft, was tested on the same day in Bangalore. It was a two-seater aviator plane meant for flight training.
• Test firing of Indian made short range missile Trishul was conducted on the same day. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.