Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR) was established as national Institute by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for basic, strategic and applied research on major pulse crops. The Institute is involved in generation of basic information, development of high yielding varieties and appropriate production and protection technologies, production of breeder seeds, demonstration and transfer of technologies, and strategic coordination of pulses research through wide network of testing centres across the country.
The Institute has its origin from the All India Coordinated Pulses Improvement Project (AICPIP) which was established at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi in 1966. Later in 1978, AICPIP was shifted to the Regional Station of IARI at Kanpur under the name of Project Directorate (Pulses). It was further elevated as Directorate of Pulses Research (DPR) in 1984 and became an independent entity under the umbrella of ICAR. In 1993, it was restructured as the Indian Institute of Pulses Research and the AICPIP was trifurcated into three coordinated projects one each on chickpea, pigeonpea and MULLaRP (mungbean, urdbean, lentil, lathyrus, rajmash and fieldpea). Since 1993, the Institute is playing a key role in strengthening nutritional security, soil health and sustainable production.
Establishment of All India Coordinated Pulses Improvement Project (AICPIP) with headquarters at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
Upgraded as Project Directorate (Pulses) and shifted from New Delhi to Regional Station of IARI at Kanpur.
Attained independent status and rechristened as Directorate of Pulses Research(DPR) under the direct control of ICAR.
DPR elevated to an institute ‘Indian Institute of Pulses Research’ and three All India Coordinated Research Projects on Chickpea, Pigeonpea and MULLaRP (Mungbean, Urdbean, Lentil, Lathyrus, Rajmash, and Pea) created.