ICAR- Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur

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.


Ensure self-sufficiency in pulse production and improve competitiveness through knowledge based technological interventions for improving nutritional security and sustainability of the production base.


  • To act as national centre for basic and applied research on pulse crops
  • To monitor, guide and coordinate research on pulses in the country
  • To impart training to scientists and extension workers engaged in pulses research and development
  • To foster national and international collaborations for exchange of views and material
  • To disseminate information on latest pulses production technology
  • To serve as an information bank on different aspects of pulses for strategic planning
  • To extend consultancy services and expertise

Mandated crops

  • Chickpea
  • Kabuli Chickpea
  • Pigeonpea
  • Mungbean
  • Urdbean
  • Lentil
  • Lathyrus
  • Rajmash
  • Fieldpea
  • Clusterbean
  • Cowbea
  • Mothbean
  • Horsegram

Time Line of Institute

1967   ICAR launched multidisciplinary All India Coordinated Crop Improvement project on pulses initiated during 1967 with headquarter at IARI, New Delhi
1977   Upgraded to Project Directorate and its headquarter was shifted from IARI to its Regional Research Station at Kanpur
1984   Redesignated as Directorate of Pulses Research and started functioning directly under ICAR at Kanpur. The assigned mandates included acting as a national centre for strategic as well as applied research on pulses; to monitor, guide and coordinate research on pulses in the country; and conduct training of scientists & extension workers engaged in pulses research and development and farmers on pulses production technology.
1993   Directorate of Pulses Research was elevated to Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR)
1993   All India Coordinated pulses Improvement project (AICPIP) was trifurcated to three AICRPs viz.,AICRP on Chickpea, AICRP on Pigeon pea and AICRP on MULLaRP (Mung bean, urd bean, lentil,Lathyrus, Rajmash and Field pea) to provide focused attention on each crop.
2013   Regional Research Stations at Phanda,Bhopal established with an aim to strengthening the region specific strategic research in Central India.
2013   Regional Research Centre cum Off-Season Nursery of the institute established at UAS, Dharwad in Karnataka for catering to the research and extension needs in southern India.
2015   Research Project (NNRP) on Arid Legumes (cowpea, guar, mothbean and horsegram) shifted to IIPR, Kanpur from CAZRI, Jodhpur.
2017   Regional centres at Bikaner (Arid region) and Bhubaneshwar (Humid region) of IIPR, Kanpur opened for strategic research.