National Technology Day: DST celebrates advancements in clean & green technologies

The event highlights government initiatives and collaborations aimed at promoting sustainability and innovation in India

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New Delhi: The Technology Development Board (TDB), under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), marked National Technology Day 2024 on May 11th, with a focus on advancing clean and green technologies for a sustainable future.
Held in New Delhi, the event brought together leading scientists, dignitaries, and thought leaders to discuss strategies for creating a cleaner, greener, and more resilient nation.
Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, emphasized initiatives such as the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) and Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME), aimed at promoting electric vehicles (EVs) to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. He highlighted the EV Mission, led by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology Innovation and Advisory Council (PM-STIAC), dedicated to developing supportive standards and frameworks for EV adoption.
Padmashri Prof. G.D. Yadav advocated for sustainable solutions, championing carbon removal and technological innovations to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. 
Rajesh Kumar Pathak, Secretary of TDB, highlighted pivotal projects funded by TDB, emphasizing their role in fostering environmental stewardship.
Additionally, Prof. Sood underscored the strategic importance of the National Hydrogen Mission and ongoing efforts in Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies to contribute to India’s sustainability goals. He emphasized the significance of consultative groups and international collaborations in enhancing India’s technological frameworks and policies for sustainable development.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), highlighted the government’s initiatives in funding research and development programs and nurturing innovation through schemes like NIDHI and TDB. He emphasized DST’s pivotal role in supporting research and development in clean and green technologies, with a vision for India to become a global leader in sustainability efforts.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, President of INSA and Former Secretary of DST, stressed the critical role of technology in achieving sustainability goals, urging policymakers and stakeholders to prioritize it. “Technology is a double-edged sword: it reduces inefficiency but can also drive increased consumption. To combat this, focus on EVs, green hydrogen, carbon capture, and energy-efficient habitats. Transitioning to renewable energy globally is essential to tackle climate change. Let’s ensure technology serves sustainability”.
The event also featured the participation of 23 students showcasing 20 innovative projects selected to compete in the prestigious Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), representing India on a global stage.