On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate National Technology Day (NTD) 2023’s program and dedicate several scientific projects to the nation at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Technology Day, which will be celebrated from May 11 to May 14. According to a statement from the PM office, the National Technology Day 2023 will focus on the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
The AIM Pavilion will showcase multiple innovative projects and offer visitors a chance to witness live tinkering sessions, engage in tinkering activities, and witness outstanding innovations and products by startups. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Expo showcasing India’s recent scientific and technological advancements and release a commemorative stamp and coin during the program.
National Technology Day was established in 1999 by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to honor Indian scientists, engineers, and technologists for successfully conducting Pokhran tests in May 1998. Every year since then, it is celebrated on May 11 with a new and different theme. This year’s theme is “School to Startups – Igniting Young Minds to Innovate.”
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone and dedicate multiple projects worth more than Rs 5800 crore related to scientific and technological advancement in the country to the nation. The foundation stone will be laid for Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory – India (LIGO-India), Hingoli; Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jatni, Odisha; and Platinum Jubilee Block of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. LIGO-India, to be developed in Hingoli, Maharashtra, will be one of the handful Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave observatories in the world. It is an extremely sensitive interferometer of 4 km arm length capable of sensing gravitational waves generated during the merger of massive astrophysical objects such as black holes and neutron stars.
The Prime Minister will also dedicate several other projects to the nation, including Fission Molybdenum-99 Production Facility, Mumbai; Rare Earth Permanent Magnet Plant, Visakhapatnam; National Hadron Beam Therapy Facility, Navi Mumbai; Radiological Research Unit, Navi Mumbai; Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Visakhapatnam; and Women & Children Cancer Hospital Building, Navi Mumbai. This move aligns with the Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat through strengthening scientific institutions in the country.