Indian Institute of Cartoonists was inaugurated by Governor V.S. Rama Devi 9th June 2001. The Institute was established in collaboration with the state information department with the aim of formulating a forum for all Indian Cartoonists. Speaking on the occasion, Ms.Rama Devi said,Indian Institute of Cartoonists(IIC)is an organization, first of its kind in India, established with the aim of promoting the art of cartooning in the country. The Institute, based in Bangalore, aims to recognize talents in the field of cartooning and reward them, showcase and preserve their art for future generations, guide young and budding cartoonists and above all, popularize the art among the masses.Indian Institute of Cartoonists organizes cartoon gallery of various cartoonists every month.Indian Institute of Cartoonists has held National Political Cartoon Competition for the Maya Kamath Memorial Awards for Excellence in Cartooning since 2009 every year in fond memory of Late. Maya Kamath.
Indian Institute of Cartoonists consists of exhibition hall, library auditorium and picture hall. The Exhibition hall will hold shows of regional, national and International cartoonists. There is a Museum of original cartoons, and clay models off cartoon characters.