The 24th Foundation Day of ICAR-IISR was celebrated on 1st July 2019. Though the history of IISR dates back to 1975 when it was a Regional Station of CPCRI, July 1st is observed as the Foundation Day to commemorate its elevation as a full fledged institute in 1995. Dr. P.K. Chakraborty, Member, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board, New Delhi was the chief guest for this year’s celebrations. Dr. Radhakrishnan Elayidath of Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University delivered the Foundation Day Lecture. Dr. R.D. Iyer & Dr. Rohini Iyer, former HoDs of CPCRI, Dr. P.N. Ravindran, former Director & Project Coordinator, retired and working staff members, students and workers of the Institute participated in the program. During the occasion, IISR theme song was released and IISR Awards of Excellence were distributed. Dr. Santhosh J. Eapen, Director-in-charge welcomed the gathering and Dr. J. Rema, HoD, Crop Improvement & Biotechnology proposed vote of thanks. The day was observed as an open day and more than 500 people visited the campus.