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The Indian Society of Soil Science held the 68th Annual Convention

Nov. 4-8 2003

The 68th Annual Convention of the Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS) was held at the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology (CSAUA&T), Kanpur during November 4-8, 2003. Attended by more than 300 delegates, the inaugural function was held on 4th November at the University Auditorium. The dignitaries Dr. G Narayanasamy, President of the Indian Society of Soil Science; Dr G.B. Singh, Director General, Uttar Pradesh Council of Agricultural Research, Lucknow, as Chief Guest; and Dr. J.S.P. Yadav, Ex-Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board and former President of ISSS as the Guest of Honour and Dr P.K. Singh, Vice Chancellor of the University, graced the function. In his introductory remarks, Dr. Narayanasamy 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 68 years and also making ISSS as one of the most respected professional societies in India. Dr. P.K. Singh, in his address, emphasized on the need for development of eco-friendly integrated plant nutrient supply systems for the several cropping systems in the country. Dr J.S.P. Yadav, the Guest of Honour, drew attention of the delegates to a marked deceleration of total factor productivity and emphasized on the urgent need of enhancing input use efficiency and crop productivity in India in order to bridge the gap between the actual and potential yields. The Chief Guest Dr G.B. Singh stressed on the need of taking up research on priority in areas viz., tillage, soil and water conservation measures, residue recycling and carbon sequestration.

During the inaugural function the Fellowship of ISSS for the year 2003 was conferred on (i) Dr. P. Singaram, Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, TNAU Coimbatore; (ii) Dr D.L.N. Rao, Project Coordinator, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal; iii) Dr. Dipak Sarkar, Head, NBSS&LUP Regional Centre, Kolkata; and iv) Dr. C.L. Arora, Senior Soil Chemist, Department of Soils, PAU, Ludhiana. Dr. (Ms.) C. Chatterjee, Professor, Lucknow University, Lucknow was awarded with the 12th International Congress Commemoration Award, while Dr. (Ms.) T.R. Rupa, Senior Scientist, Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore was awarded the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Young Scientist Award. Inaugural function came to a close with a formal vote of thanks by Dr M.M. Agrawal, Organizing Secretary, 68th Annual Convention of the ISSS and Professor and Head, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, CSAUAT, Kanpur.

During this Convention five special lectures were organized. The 30th Dr. R.V. Tamhane Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. P.K. Chhonkar, Head, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi on 5th November on the topic “Organic farming: Science and belief “. The 21st Prof. J.N. Mukherjee – ISSS Foundation Lecture was delivered by Dr. D.K. Pal, Head, Division of Soil Resource Studies, National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Nagpur. He delivered this lecture on the topic Significance of clays, clay and other minerals in the formation and management of the Indian soils. First Dr R.R. Agarwal Memorial Lecture, instituted in 2003 in the memory of Dr. R.R. Agarwal, a former President of the Indian Society of Soil Science, was organized on 4th November and it was delivered by Dr J.S.P. Yadav, Former Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, ICAR, New Delhi on the topic Managing soil health for sustained high productivity. An evening lecture on the topic GIS application for soil resources and its importance for the country was delivered by Dr. B.R. Marwah, Professor, Transportation Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur on 6th November. On 7th November a special lecture on the topic Heavy metal toxicity and soil ecology was delivered by Dr. K.C. Banger, Chairman, Haryana Public Service Commission, Chandigarh.

A Symposium on Trends in Soil Research was arranged on 5th November. Dr N.N. Goswami, Chief Editor and a Past-President of the ISSS and Dr G. Narayanasamy, President of the ISSS conducted this symposium as Chairman and Co-Chairman, respectively and Dr S.K. Sanyal, an Editor of JISSS acted as the Rapporteur. Careful analysis of the Trends in Soil Research as mirrored through publications in the Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science during 1995-2002 vis-a-vis publications in related fields in some of the leading international journals and setting priorities for the research in India in the 21st Century were the highlights of this symposium. In addition, a National Seminar on Developments in Soil Science – 2003 was organized, in which 56 papers were presented in oral sessions besides 222 papers in poster sessions on 4th , 6th and 7th November. Oral presentations were organized in four concurrent sessions on these 3 days while poster display was held in four half-a-day sessions.

The 68th Annual General Body Meeting of ISSS was held on 5th November with Dr. G. Narayanasamy, President of the ISSS conducting the meeting, and this was attended by 157 members of the Society. The business of the meeting as per the listed agenda, was transacted. A lively cultural programme was organized on 4th November in which classical/ semi-classical numbers relating to dance, song, etc. were presented by the professional and amateur artists. The programme was appreciated and enjoyed by the participants.

The concluding session was held on 7th November. A review of the Symposium on Trends in Soil Research as well as the National Seminar was made. Members were invited to offer their comments on the several activities carried out during the preceding four days. Many useful suggestions were offered by the members. Dr. G. Naryanasamy, delivered the Presidential Address, in which, he made a passionate appeal to the Soil Scientists to address different uses of soil, which so far had been confined to its role as a medium for plant growth in their research agenda. At the end of the concluding session, the annual convention was declared formally closed by Dr. G. Narayanasamy, President of the ISSS.

A field trip was organized on 8th November in which about 60 delegates, some with their spouses, joined. The group was taken by bus to different institutions of CSIR/ ICAR and places of tourist interest in Lucknow. Sixty-ninth Annual Convention of the Society will be held during October/ November 2004 at the Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural Universty, Hyderabad, Anndhra Pradesh, India. The most important activity being planned is the International Conference on Soil, Water and Environmental Quality Issues and strategies during January 28-Feburary 1, 2005 at New Delhi under the aegis of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). For details, members of the IUSS may kindly visit the ISSS website and www.isss-org/icsweq.html


Secretary, Indian Society of Soil Science

Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

Indian agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 110012, INDIA