The Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), Varanasi is a constituent
body of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). This is a major
Institute devoted to research on vegetables and is situated in the greater
periphery of the Holy city - Varanasi.
Vegetable research was given impetus through establishment of AICRP on vegetable
crops during 1971 at IARI, New Delhi with the responsibilities of coordinating
and monitoring of vegetable research programmes of the country. To give a
fillip to the research and to meet the challenges of nutritional security, the
status of AICRP on vegetable crops was elevated to the level of Project
Directorate of Vegetable Research (PDVR) during 1986 with its headquarter at
IARI, New Delhi. During 1992, the head quarter was shifted at Varanasi from IARI
New Delhi. Considering the vital role of vegetables in nutritional security,
emerging trends of national/international demand and higher economic return,
PDVR was further upgraded to the level of national institute under ICAR system
during 1999 and named “Indian Institute of Vegetable Research”.