Saturday, 10 May 2014

TDB Celebrates National Technology Day 2014

The Technology Development Board (TDB), (a statutory body under Department of Science and Technology) in the Ministry of Science and Technology today observed the National Technology Day 2014 here in New Delhi today. 

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, DST presided over the function in which Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala was the Chief Guest and he also delivered the key note address titled “Technology & Innovation: helping in making it possible”. 

Secretary DST in his speech emphasized the importance of innovation and technology not only in solving the problems of the people but also playing a key role in removing inequality and providing opportunities. He cited the examples of ATM machines, mobile phones and apps which have percolated in the masses and has brought paradigm shift in the way people lead their lives. 

Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala in his address emphasized that technology and innovation can solve literally any problem how so big it may be. He took up the issues of education and power shortage and deliberated convincingly that ICT can play a major role in improving the educational standards at all level in India. He further brought forth the point that by providing additional line of DC power in the households, using LED bulbs and DC power run fans and equipment can avert complete black outs to which the country has become so used to thus making life easier for the people. He also informed that IIT Madras has experimented with this in their campus and electricity boards of four southern states have agreed to run a pilot on this concept. 

Dr. Inder Jit Singh, Secretary, Technology Development Board (TDB) informed the audience about the role TDB is playing in commercialization of indigenous technologies. Earlier Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Head TDT, DST welcomed the guests and vote of thanks was given by Dr. Maitreyee Nanda, Scientist ‘G’, TDB. 

On 11th May, 1998 India achieved a major technological breakthrough by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran. Also first, indigenous aircraft "Hansa-3" was test flown at Bangalore on this day and India also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day. Considering above technological achievements on a particular date i.e. 11th May, the day of 11th May was chosen to be commemorated as National Technology Day. 

Technology Day is celebrated as a symbol of quest for scientific inquiry, technological creativity and the translation of that quest in the integration of Science, Society and Industry. This day is also celebrated to honour technological innovations and their successful commercialization which makes fruits of research reach people at large.

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