National Technology Day: Technology is Destiny, but Technology Must Also Be Equity (Download PDF)


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Emphasising that technology is destiny, President has said, technology must be equity & its fruits must be accessible to all. Following are Key Points of His Speech - Finances & resources must be available to all technologists who wish to turn entrepreneurs & to migrate from lab room to shop floor.

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  • Gender equity must be integrated w/technology production.

  • New technologies have 3 common attributes

    • They offer solutions that are necessary in Indian context & contribute to social & economic needs of our people

    • They achieve all this at competitive price points

    • They do not compromise on quality.

  • Govt. has proposed to establish Centres of Excellence to train young technologists in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital manufacture, big data analytics, quantum communication & Internet of Things.

  • Govt. is pursuing demonstration & deployment of successful technology solutions for clean energy options.

  • Technological innovations aid govt. ’s efforts to provide clean & green electric mobility.

  • Former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan & Jai Vigyan”, in fact, ‘Vigyan’ (science) provides muscle to Jawans & farmers of country alike.

Technology Development Board Awards

President presented awards of Technology Development Board in 3 categories. The categories & awards include –

  • Category A - For successful commercialization of indigenous technology

  • Category B - For successful technology commercialization by MSME

  • Category C - For Technology Start-up

3 Initiatives to Mark Celebrations

  • Commercial launch of electric charger made possible by support of Technology Development Board.

  • Launch of India, Science, Technology & Innovation web portal, which will have 3600connect to all activities of human resources, institutions, students, industry, public & private sector & all other stakeholders of science & technology ecosystem.

  • 3rd initiative is web portal of Survey of India that allows sharing of digital map to every citizen of country, to enable decision making for planning, development & governance. (Briefs on 3 initiatives attached)

Theme of this year’s National Technology Day celebrations is “Commercializing indigenous Technologies: Journey from Benchside to Business”.

National Technology Day

  • National Technology Day is celebrated across India every year on 11 May to commemorate India’s scientific advancement.

  • On 11 May, 1998 India successfully tested nuclear bombs in Pokhran.

Significance of National Technology Day

This day glorifies importance of science in day to day life & motivates us to adopt science as field of career.

  • On 11 May 1998, First indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore.

  • India performed successful test firing of Trishul missile on same day.

  • At that time very few countries have nuclear power & India had become one of those elite players & became 6th country to join nuclear club.

  • Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) on 11 May 1998 was initiated.

  • Every year, on this day, Technology Development Board of India awards various individuals w/national awards for their contribution to indigenous technology.

National Technology Day: History

  • As on 11 May 1998 nuclear test was held in Pokhran & based on these tremendous achievements of scientists, engineers etc. , Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared 11 May as National Technology Day.
  • Since 1999, every year Technology Development Board (TDB) celebrates day by various technological innovations that have positively impacted nation.
  • Every year TDB selects theme & on that basis several events, competitions were held in country.
  • This day marks significance of Science in our day to day life.

National Technology Day 2018: Theme

  • National Technology Day 2018 theme is “Science & Technology for Sustainable Future”.

  • Objective behind this theme is to promote development of technology in various fields.

National Technology Day: Celebrations

  • On this day TDB confer National Awards to most noteworthy individuals, institutions & businesses of year.

  • Department of Science & Technology, Department of Bio-Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, & several other scientific departments are part of this event.

  • People are awarded for their contribution so that they excel more & more in their research by President of India.

    Ministry of science & technology coordinates diff. events across India.

  • All decorations & planning of event should be done according to theme.

  • Script, speech or essay competitions are organised in several institutions.

  • Theme based articles are promoted etc.

Therefore, it is necessary to create interest & awareness about science & technology to students.

National technology Day is great way to encourage youth of country to come forward & is way to appreciate scientists, researchers for India’s growing technology.

National Awards of Technology Development Board

Technology Development Board (TDB) recognises achievements of those who have commercialised their innovations successfully w/outreach to masses for benefit of Society.

In order to encourage innovations & to nurture technologies flow to industry for product excellence so that our Nation has competitive edge leading to our cherished vision of developed India, TDB gives Awards every year on Technology day.

1st National Award was instituted in year 1999, for successful commercialization of indigenous technology by industrial concern.

2 more awards are introduced. There are two broad categories of Awards:

  • One is for successful commercialisation given to Industrial Concern

  • Other is for Technology Start-ups for their technologies having potential for commercialisation.

In 1st category, 2 Awards are given:

  • One award is given for successful commercialisation of innovative indigenous technology: Cash award of Rs. 25 lakh & trophy to industrial concern which has successfully developed & commercialized indigenous technology. In case technology developer & commercializing organizations are diff. , each one would be eligible for cash prize & trophy.

  • 2nd award is for Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) that have commercialised product based on indigenous technological innovation. This award carries cash prize of Rs. 15 lakh & trophy each to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise that have successfully commercialized product based on indigenous technology.

In 2nd category, Awards are given to technology Start-ups for promising new technology w/potential for commercialization.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 17, 2018

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