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Harsh Vardhan addressed a digital conference RE-START to celebrate the National Technology Day

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Dr Harsh Vardhan addresses a Digital ConferenceOn May 11, 2020 The Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan addressed a digital conference RE-START(‘Reboot the Economy through Science, Technology and Research Translations’) to celebrate the National Technology Day. The conference is organised by the Technology Development Board (TDB) a statutory body of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Major Highlights

Harsh Vardhan inaugurated a virtual exposition of companies whose technologies have been supported by TDB. Various companies and companies showcased their products at the exhibition by a Digital (Business to Business)B2B Lounge.

About the conference

i.The conference has united dignitaries from national and international Industry, Research Institutions and Academic Institutions on a single platform to share their insights on the role played by Science & Technology(S & T) in the global healthcare crisis and to find solutions to address the challenge.

ii.It comprises: technical sessions on ‘Medicines & Medical Technologies’; ‘Advanced Materials – New Technology Horizons’, ‘Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Sustainable Future & Global Innovation’ and ‘Technology Alliance for Global Economic Leadership’.

iii.Special address made by– V K Saraswat, member NITI Aayog; Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Professor K. Vijay Raghavan;DST Secretary Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Saumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organisation, Swaminathan;

iv.Participants– DG, CII  Chandrajit Banerjee; President; CII Mr.Vikram Kirloskar; Neeraj Sharma, Secretary, TDB,  were also among those participating in the inaugural session.

National Technology Day

TDB, on behalf of the Ministry of Science & Technology, celebrates May 11 every year as the day to commemorate achievements of innovations and technological excellence in the country. Since 1999 the day has been celebrated.

The day is to mark the following

  • A historical perspective on May 11, 1998 where India achieved a major technological breakthrough by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran.
  • The first indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore
  • India performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile.

Day symbolizes

India’s search for scientific inquiry, technological creativity & innovations, and the integration of these developments into national socio-economic benefits and global presence.

Harsh Vardhan– Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi