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 vegetable 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, further during 1992 the head quarter of AICRP on vegetables was shifted to Varanasi from IARI New Delhi. During the year 1999, ICAR approved the establishment of an independent research institute on vegetables named as Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR). Within a short span of time an excellent research infrastructure was established and significant achievements have been made by the institute.