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The Indian Institute of Maize Research (IIMR) is a constituent of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)– an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The IIMR is the only institute of the country exclusively mandated for maize research and is entrusted with the overall responsibility of research, coordination and management of the multidisciplinary programmes on maize improvement at national level and maintaining linkages with international programmes. The institute also undertakes scientific human resource development programmes involving national and international agencies/organizations.
IIMR mandate dictates: (a) To carry out basic, strategic and applied research aimed at enhancement of production and productivity of maize in the country; (b) To conduct and coordinate multidisciplinary and multi-location research to identify appropriate technologies for varied agro-climatic conditions in different parts of India; (c) Germplasm collection, evaluation, maintenance and its enhancement; (d) To develop specialty corn cultivars such as Quality Protein Maize, baby corn, sweet corn, bio-fuel etc for diverse uses; (e) To conduct training, frontline demonstrations and on-farm research to maximize and accelerate adoption of research findings and innovative technologies; (f) To serve as core centre for maize research material and information; (g) To develop linkages with national, international and private sector for collaborative research program; (h) To provide consultancy services and undertake contractual research.