The Malabar Botanical Garden has been upgraded to a Research & Development Institution under KSCSTE as per GO (MS) No. 4/2015/S&TD dtd. 24.04.2015 and re named as Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences.".
The Malabar Botanical Garden & Institute for Plant Sciences (MBGIPS), an institution of the Government of Kerala, administered by the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), dedicated to the conservation and research on aquatic plant diversity, lower group plants, endangered plants of the erstwhile Malabar Region, as well as disseminating knowledge on various facets of plant sciences.
The Malabar Botanical Garden & Institute for Plant Sciences is situated adjacent to Pokkunnu at Olavanna village in Kozhikode District and lies within 11º 30’ latitude and 75º 50’ longitude. The MBGIPS is about 10 km away from Calicut city by road leading to Pantheerankavu via Mankavu. The Garden is spread over an area of about 40 acres of which about 15 acres is marshy land and the remaining part is a hilly terrain providing diverse habitats for varieties of plants. By virtue of possessing a vast morass land, the Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences becomes unique in the nation ideal for ex situ conservation of aquatic/wetland plants and for undertaking research on them.
The Garden is open to students for eco education and to general public as part of promoting scientific tourism in the region. The educational value of the Garden lies with the descriptive labels displayed for the different sections and plants This institute is also a Research Centre in Plant Sciences (Botany) recognized by the University of Calicut.