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Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF)?

1. NIF is an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology under the Central Government.
2. NIF is an initiative to strengthen the highly advanced scientific research in India's premier scientific institutions in collaboration with highly advanced foreign scientific institutions.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2



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Statement 1 is correct. The National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) is an autonomous body that operates under the Department of Science and Technology, which is part of the Central Government of India. NIF was established in 2000 to support and promote grassroots innovations and traditional knowledge systems in India.

Statement 2 is incorrect. NIF's primary focus is on identifying, documenting, and promoting grassroots innovations developed by common individuals, especially from rural areas. It aims to provide support and recognition to innovators at the grassroots level, rather than collaborating with foreign scientific institutions or conducting highly advanced scientific research.


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