• Management of genetic resources of mandate crops viz., sunflower, safflower and castor.
• Basic, strategic and applied research to increase productivity, oil content and quality.
• Socio-economic research for assessing sustainability of technologies.
• Coordination of multi-location research through All India Coordinated Research Network in sunflower, safflower ad castor.
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 on August 1, 1977 with a Project Director as its administrative head and seven Project Coordinators for these 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 have been separated from the administrative control of DOR.
The Directorate 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). Participants can reach Koti, a central place in city and 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 DOR. Pre-paid taxi or autorickshaw could be hired from Airport / Railway Station / Bus stand to reach DOR.