Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation several projects related to scientific and technological advancement in the country, worth more than Rs 5800 crore. This is in line with the Prime Minister’s goal of achieving Aatmanirbhar Bharat through bolstering scientific institutions in the country.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate the programme marking National Technology Day 2023, at Pragati Maidan, on 11th May 2023. The programme will also mark the commencement of celebration of the 25th year of National Technology Day, which will take place from May 11 to 14.
PM @narendramodi to inaugurate the programme marking National Technology Day 2023 tomorrow
– To lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation multiple scientific projects worth more than Rs 5,800 crore
— PIB India (@PIB_India) May 10, 2023
The projects whose foundation stone would be laid include 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 will be developed in Hingoli, Maharashtra, one of the handful Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave observatories in the world. It is a 4-kilometer-long interferometer with extraordinarily high sensitivity that may detect gravitational waves produced by the collision of large astroparticles like neutron stars and black holes. With one of these observatories located in Livingston, Louisiana, and the other in Hanford, Washington, the LIGO-India will operate in synchronisation with both of these American observatories.
The National Hadron Beam Therapy Facility, the Fission Molybdenum-99 Production Facility, the Rare Earth Permanent Magnet Plant, the Radiological Research Unit, the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, the Women & Children Cancer Hospital Building, and the National Hadron Beam Therapy Facility are among the projects that will be dedicated to the nation.
The majority of rare earth permanent magnets are made in industrialised nations. The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre campus in Visakhapatnam has established a facility for the manufacturing of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets. The plant was built utilising indigenous technologies and indigenous Rare Earth materials that were obtained from indigenous resources. With this facility, India will join a small number of countries that are able to create rare earth permanent magnets.
The National Hadron Beam Therapy Facility at the Tata Memorial Centre in Navi Mumbai is a cutting-edge facility that carries out very accurate radiation delivery to the cancer with minimal dose to the surrounding normal structures. The precise delivery of dose to target tissue reduces the early and delayed side effects of radiation therapy.
The Bhabha Atomic Research Center’s Trombay Campus is home to the Fission Molybdenum-99 Production Facility. Technetium-99m, which is used in more than 85% of imaging techniques for the early diagnosis of cancer and heart disease, is derived from molybdenum-99. About 9 to 10 lakh patient scans are anticipated to be possible with this facility per year.
The laying of foundation stone and dedication of several Cancer Hospitals and facilities will decentralise and improve the delivery of top-notch cancer care in various parts of the nation.
When was National Technology Day first celebrated?
The celebration of National Technology Day was started by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999 to honour Indian scientists, engineers and technologists, who worked for India’s scientific and technological advancement and ensured the successful conduct of Pokhran tests in May 1998. Since then, National Technology Day is observed every year on May 11. It is celebrated with a new and different theme every year. This year’s theme is ‘School to Startups- Igniting Young Minds to Innovate’.