National Technology Day 2021: Theme, history, significance and quotes

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National Technology Day is celebrated every year on May 11 to highlight the achievements of engineers and scientists in the field of technology and science. The day acts as a reminder of the country’s technological advancements. It was first observed on May 11, 1999, and aims to commemorate the scientific and technological achievements of Indian scientists and engineers.

National Technology Day holds great importance because on this particular day in 1998, India achieved multiple notable technological progressions. Every year since 1999, the Technology Development Board (TDB) commemorates the day by honoring technological innovations that have added to the national growth.

National Technology Day 2021: Theme

Every year, the Technology Development Board (TDB) selects a theme for each year’s event, this year the theme of the National Technology Day 2021 theme is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.

National Technology Day: History

Former Indian PM Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee coined this term to celebrate the contributions made by Indian scientists. May 11 is also the day when India conducted its first successful test in Pokhran.

On May 11, 1998, India successfully fired the Shakti-I nuclear missile at an Army test range in Rajasthan’s Pokhran. Two days later, the country conducted two more nuclear tests as a part of the same operation, following which India joined the elite club of nuclear power nations.

Apart from this, India on this day also tested its first indigenous aircraft ‘Hansa-3’ which flew from Bengaluru. After testing Hansa-3, India performed a successful test firing of the Trishul missile on May 11, 1998, and added another feather to the cap of the Defense Research and Development Organization.


“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” —Buckminster Fuller

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” — Albert Einstein

“We have to stop optimizing for programmers and start optimizing for users.” —Jeff Atwood

“It is supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.” — John Brunner

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” —Arthur C. Clarke

“Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.” —Alan Kay

“Our technology forces us to live mythically.” — Marshall McLuhan

“I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them.” —Isaac Asimov

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