Updated on 28 February 2013
The institute will be mandated to undertake multi-disciplinary basic and strategic research with a view to future developing crops for traits such as increased yield, or increased tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress. It would also design and start academic programs to develop the highly trained manpower required for fundamental research in agricultural biotechnology, and award post-graduate doctoral and post-doctoral degrees.
The deemed university will also provide its research output to breeders and developers in agricultural universities and other institutions, to develop the germplasm and vaccines among others, which would enhance productivity and reduce losses due to biotic and abiotic stress. IIAB would also act as a mother institute that would provide both curricula and course material to India's agricultural universities and other institutions who are running or trying to establish successful agricultural biotechnology graduate and post graduate programs.
The government also announced launch of another initiative, named the National Institute of Biotic Stress Management (NIBSM), for addressing plant protection issues. It will be established at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, a state in central India.