Q. With reference to Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), consider the following statements:
1. It is a statutory body under Ministry of Science and Technology.
2. It is an industry – academia interface designed to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprises.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B
Notes:
  • Statement 1 is incorrect: BIRAC is a not-for-profit public sector enterprise set up by Deptt of Biotechnology. 
  • Statement 2 is correct: It is an industry-academia interface. Likewise, it aims to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprise to undertake strategic research and innovation, addressing nationally relevant product development needs. 

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