International Institute of Ayurveda was started in the year 1980 under AVR Educational Foundation of Ayurveda, the Educational and Research Institution, promoted by The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Limited. The Institute was inaugurated by Sri. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, the then President of India, in Patanjalipuri. The Research and Development Wing of International Institute of Ayurveda is active since its inception and has done commendable works in the area, bridging the gap between basic sciences and the traditional medical system. IIA had the recognition of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Bharathiar University as a Scientific and Industrial Organization and as a Centre for PhD respectively. IIA is extending its arm to associate with International universities and associations in the areas of Academics. It has already reached an understanding with Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina etc.