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Indian Society of Soil Science Held its 69th Annual Convention at Hyderabad

October 27-30, 2004

The Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS) held its 69th Annual Convention in the Auditorium of the Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad during 27-30 October, 2004. In the inaugural session held on 27th October, 2004. Dr. G. Narayanasamy, President of the ISSS chaired the session. Mr. N. Raghuveera Reddy, Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, was the Chief Guest. Dr. JS Kanwar, DDG Emeritus, ICRISAT, Dr. JC Katyal DDG (Education) ICAR, Dr. JS Samra, DDG (NRM) ICAR, Dr. IV Subba Rao, Former Vice Chancellor of the ANGRAU, Mr A.K. Goel, In-charge Vice Chancellor of the ANGRAU, were the Guests of Honour. Several other distinguished dignitaries and guests, and nearly 320 Members of the ISSS graced the occasion. Dr. Narayanasamy welcomed the guests and briefly highlighted the glorious past of the Society, paid rich tributes to the members and the Council of ISSS, past and the present, for the significant achievements of the Society during the past 69 years. Dr. IV Subba Rao in his address emphasized on the need for a paradigm shift in research priorities by making soil science research capable of meeting the challenges posed by WTO regime. Dr JS Kanwar emphasized that future research agenda of Soil Scientists must remain focused on increasing productivity, increasing efficiencies of all inputs and imparting sustainability to the agricultural systems, and preventing and correcting soil-related constraints through integrated researches on soil, water and plant system for producing synergistic effect. The Chief Guest, Mr. Raghuveera Reddy stressed on the need of having problem-solving and mission-oriented research programmes. He emphasized on the need of following holistic approach in tackling these gigantic problems through inter-institutional cooperation and collaborations.


During the inaugural function, the Fellowship of ISSS was conferred on i) Dr. R. Krishnasamy, Dean, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore; ii) Dr. A.K. Sarkar, University Chairman and Head, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi; iii) Dr. A Sreenivasa Raju, Head, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, ANGRAU; Hyderabad; and iv) Dr A Subba Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal. Dr. Biswapati Mandal, Professor, Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya Mohanpur was awarded the 12th International Congress Commemoration Award. Dr. Tapan Adhikari, Scientist, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal was awarded the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Young Scientist Award. The function came to a close with a formal vote of thanks by Dr B. Sreemannarayana, Organizing Secretary, 69th Annual Convention of the ISSS and Principal Scientist, ANGRAU, Hyderabad.

During this Convention the usual two special lectures were organized. The 22st Prof. J.N. Mukherjee – ISSS Foundation Lecture was delivered by Dr. K. Sridhar, Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA on the topic Synthetic and modified clays for environmental clean up: Soil and water on 27th October, 2004. The 31st Dr. R.V. Tamhane Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. P.D. Sharma, Assistant Director General (Soils), ICAR, New Delhi on 28th October, 2004 on the topic Managing Natural Resources in India Himalayas

Half-a-day Brain Storming Session on Shrinking Job Opportunities in the field of Soil Science was arranged on 28th October, 2004. Dr I.V. Subba Rao, Former Vice Chancellor of the ANGRAU and Dr. D.K. Das, Past President, Indian Society of Soil Science conducted this Session as Chairman and Co-Chairman, respectively. Panelists included Dr. J.C. Katyal, DDG (Education) ICAR; Dr. J.S. Samra, DDG (NRM) ICAR; Shri M.K. Miglani, Vice Chancellor, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar; Dr, P. Venkateswarlu, Managing Director Nagarjuna Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited; and Dr. SS Khanna, Former President ISSS. Structured presentations were followed by open-house discussion. After an in-depth analysis on the different aspects of the problems with possible solutions thereof, the house unanimously recommended the constitution of a Committee by the Council of the Society to prepare a policy paper on the theme and subsequently submit the paper to the Union Government and other concerned quarters. The session came to a close with a vote of thanks by Dr. R.K. Rattan, Secretary, ISSS.

A National Seminar on Developments in Soil Science – 2004 was organized, in which a total of 19 papers in oral and 279 papers in poster sessions were presented on 27th, 28th and 29th October, 2004. The 69th Annual General Body Meeting of ISSS was held on 28th October, 2004. Dr. G. Narayanasamy, President of the ISSS conducted the meeting attended by 135 members of the Society. The business of the meeting as per the listed agenda, was transacted. During the convention, a cultural evening was organized on 27th October, 2004 in which classical/ semi-classical items, dances, songs, etc., which were enjoyed by the participants.

The concluding session was held on 29th October, 2004. Dr. (Ms.) B. Venkata Ratnam, ANGRAU, Hyderabad was awarded the ISSS Best Doctoral Research Presentation Award for the year 2004, while the other contestants, namely, Dr Rajeev Sikka, PAU, Ludhiana and Dr. Ms. A. Renukadevi, GKVK, Bangalore were given Commendation Certificates. A review of the Brain Storming Session as well as the National Seminar was made. Members were invited to offer their comments on the several activities carried out during the preceding two days. Members made many useful suggestions. Dr. G. Narayanasamy, delivered the Presidential Address, in which, he stressed on establishment of a confederation of Professional Societies/ Groups functioning in the realm of soil and land for the sake of re-establishing our relevance to the community and also economic viability. He made a passionate appeal to the members of the ISSS to think global and act local for the prosperity of both Soil Science as well as the Soil Scientists.

A field-cum-sight-seeing trip was organized on 30th October 30, 2004 in and around Hyderabad city for discovering the diversity in rocks and soils in the area, often called as the Soils museum.