Mandate of IIOR as approved by ICAR w.e.f. 16.05.2016

  • Basic and strategic research to augment the productivity, oil content and quality of castor, sunflower, safflower, sesame, niger and linseed.
  • Information management on oilseeds to develop policy framework for research and development strategy.
  • Coordination of applied research on national and regional issues to develop location specific varieties and technologies.
  • Dissemination of technology and capacity builiding.

Brief History

The establishment of All India Coordinated Research Project on Oilseeds (AICORPO) in April, 1967 based on the recommendations of a sub-committee appointed by the Government of India was the most significant event in the history of oilseeds research in India. The project had its beginning with one Project Coordinator to coordinate and monitor the research programmes of groundnut, rapeseed-mustard, sesame, linseed and castor operating at 32 research centres. Later, during 1972, safflower, sunflower and niger were brought under the umbrella of AICORPO and the number of research centres increased to 40. Realizing the need for one national institute for oilseeds, the AICORPO was elevated to the status of Directorate of Oilseeds Research (DOR) on August 1, 1977 with a Project Director as its administrative head and seven Project Coordinators for the seven mandate oilseed crops. Subsequently, groundnut and rapeseed-mustard were delinked from the Directorate with the establishment of National Research Centre for each of these crops during 1979 and 1993, respectively. In April 2000, the AICRP on Sesame & Niger and Linseed were separated from the administrative control of DOR. Later on, during February, 2015, DOR has been upgraded as “Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research” with expanded mandate to work on sesame, niger and linseed in addition to sunflower, safflower and castor along with facilitating allotment and report preparation of Frontline Demonstrations on Oilseeds. 

Cadre Strength


Category Sanctioned Filled Vacant
RMP 01 01 -
Scientific 42 38 04
Technical 51 44 07
Administration 29 24 05
Skilled Supporting 33 23 10
Total 156 130 26




Crop Improvement
Economic Botany
Genetics and Cytogenetics
Plant Breeding
Crop Production
Agricultural Chemistry
Plant Physiology
Soil Science
Crop Protection
Agricultural Entomology
Plant Pathology
Social Sciences
Agricultural Economics
  Agricultural Extension
Agricultural Statistics
Computer Applications
e. Seed Section Plant Breeding

How to Reach

The Institute is located at Rajendranagar, a suburb about 15 km away from Hyderabad Railway Station, 17 km away from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad and 14 km away from Central Bus Station (Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station).  To reach IIOR one can avail  APSRTC city bus with route numbers 95A and 95P alighting at college of Agriculture or by 94R or 94H to Veterinary College which is half a kilometer from IIOR. Pre-paid taxi or autorickshaw could be hired from Airport / Railway Station / Bus stand to reach IIOR.