May 11 is celebrated as National Technology day across India.
This day marks India’s technological advancements.
On May 11, 1998, India successfully test fired the Shakti-I nuclear missile at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan in an operation led by aerospace engineer and late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
India is now a part of international treaty signed by the US, Russia, the UK, France, and China which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and hopes to achieve nuclear disarmament.
Apart from the nuclear tests being conducted, India’s first indigenous aircraft – the Hansa 3 – also took flight in the state of Bengaluru.
Designed by National Aerospace Laboratory, India, the light, a two-seater aircraft was aimed to serve pilot training, surveillance, aerial photography and other such purposes.
DRDO added to the day’s importance by successfully completing the test-fire sessions of India’s Surface-to-Air Trishul missile.
The missile was then introduced to the Indian Army and Airforce and came as a part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of India.
With all these technological advancements being completed on the same day, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced May 11 as the National Technology Day.
On this occasion, a post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted how Technology has always acted as a means to empowerment for people.