Timeline of Indian innovation

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Timeline of Indian innovation encompasses key events in the history of technology in the subcontinent historically referred to as India and the modern Indian state.


The entries in this timeline fall into the following categories: architecture, astronomy, cartography, metallurgy, logic, mathematics, metrology, mineralogy, automobile engineering, information technology, communications, space and polar technology.

This timeline examines scientific and medical discoveries, products and technologies introduced by various peoples of India. Inventions are regarded as technological firsts developed in India, and as such does not include foreign technologies which India acquired through contact.

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IVF fertilization- Done for the first time by dr subhash mukhopadhyay in kolkata using primitive technology


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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pottery in the Indian subcontinent</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sanitation of the Indus Valley Civilisation</span> Sanitation of Early Indian Civilization

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">History of clothing in the Indian subcontinent</span> Aspect of history

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