National Innovation Foundation – UPSC Prelims

National Innovation Foundation:
  • NIF is an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • It was set up in February 2000 to provide institutional support for scouting, sustaining, spawning and scaling up the grassroots innovations across the country.
  • Since then, it has been actively engaged in promoting creativity and innovation in society.
  • It has taken major initiatives to serve knowledge-rich but economically poor people of the country.
  • It is committed to making India innovative by documenting, adding value, protecting IPR of contemporary unaided technological innovators as well as of outstanding traditional knowledge-holders and disseminating their innovations on non-commercial and commercial basis.
Previous Year Questions:
Q 1.) Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF)? (2015)
  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
Ans: (a)

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