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”.