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Indian Society of Soil Science organizes its 71st Annual Convention at the OUAT Bhubaneswar

The Indian Society of Soil Science has its unique tradition of having held uninterruptedly its Annual Convention ever since its inception. It held its 71st Annual Convention at the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar, Orissa during November 10-13, 2006. It was attended by more than 300 Soil Scientists. His Excellency Shri Rameshwar Thakur, Honorable Governor of Orissa, inaugurated the Convention on November 10, 2006. Dr. J.S.P. Yadav, the senior most Past President of the ISSS attending the Convention, presided over the inaugural function. Guests of Honor at the inaugural ceremony included Shri Surendranath Naik, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Orissa Dr. N. Panda, Chairman North West Orissa Development Council, and Prof. B. Senapati, Vice Chancellor, OUAT. In his inaugural welcome address, Dr. Yadav highlighted the glorious past of the Society and also lauded the significant contributions made by the Soil Scientists in developing technologies for protecting this valuable natural resource, increasing productivity and quality of the agricultural commodities.

Following Soil Scientists were presented the Fellowship and various Awards of the ISSS for 2006 by the Chief Guest. The Fellowship of ISSS was conferred on: i) Dr. Biswapati Mandal, Professor, Directorate of Research, BCKV, Kalyani; ii) Dr. D.D. Patra, Scientist F, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow; and (iii) Dr. Viraj Beri, Professor and Head, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Dr. M.C. Manna, Senior Scientist, and . Dr. K.M. Hati, Scientist, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal were awarded the 12th International Congress Commemoration Award and Silver Jubilee Young Scientist Award, respectively. The Chief Guest, H E Shri Rameshwar Thakur, in his speech, emphasized on the role of soil scientists in managing a most valuable natural resource of soil.

During this Convention two special lectures were organized. The 24th Prof. J.N. Mukherjee – ISSS Foundation Lecture was delivered by Dr. Bijay Singh, National Professor (ICAR), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana on the topic Enhancing nitrogen use efficiency in rice and wheat challenges and options on 10th November, 2006. The 33rd Dr. R.V. Tamhane Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. A.K. Singh, Project Director, Water Technology Centre, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He delivered this lecture on the topic Exploiting water-nutrient-synergy – A must for evergreen revolution on 11th November, 2006.

Half-a-day National Symposium on Nutrient Management in Acid Soils was held on afternoon of November 11, 2006 with Dr. N.N. Goswami, Former President of the ISSS in the Chair. Speakers at the Symposium included Dr. N. Panda, Former Vice Chancellor, Sambalpur University, Orissa and presently Chairman of the West Orissa Development Council, Dr. A.K. Sarkar, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Birsa Agricultural University, Jharkhand, Dr. M.V. Singh, Project Coordinator (Micronutrients), Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal and Dr. D. Panda, Principal Scientist, Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack. Recommendations emerging out of the deliberations brought out that the acid soils seed to be ameliorated and not reclaimed for crop production. There is a need for development of integrated acid soil management strategy using small doses of lime, organic manures, inorganic fertilizers, tolerant crops and cultivars for improving crop production in this kind of problem soils. A National Seminar on Developments in Soil Science – 2006 was organized, in which a total of 22 papers in oral and 229 papers in poster sessions were presented on 10th afternoon, 11th afternoon and 13th November 2006 forenoon. Three posters were selected for the best poster presentation award.

The 71st Annual General Body Meeting of ISSS held on 11th November, 2006 with Dr. P.D. Sharma, Vice President of the ISSS in the Chair, was attended by 171 members of the Society. The business of the meeting as per the agenda, was transacted. The following were elected for the offices falling vacant for 2007 and 2008: Dr J.C. Katyal, Vice Chancellor, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar – President; Dr Anand Swarup, New Delhi – Vice President; Dr R.K. Rattan, New Delhi – Secretary; Dr S.K. Mahapatra, New Delhi – Joint Secretary. The 10 Councillors, declared elected were Dr Dharam Singh Dabas, Dr Madhumita Das, Dr K.B. Dudde, Dr R. Jeyakumar, Dr Sushanta Kumar Pattanayak, Dr K.P. Raverkar, Dr Rama Kant Singh, Dr Yadvinder Singh, Dr P.S. Sinsinwar and Dr K. Sudhir.

The concluding session on 13th November, 2006 was chaired by Dr. J.S. Samra, President of the ISSS. A review of the National Symposium on Nutrient Management in Acid Soils as well as the National Seminar was made. Dr. J.S. Samra, delivered the presidential address on the theme Future of Soil Science. He dealt in detail on emerging and exciting disciplines needing immediate involvement and input of Soil Scientists. An optional one-day field-cum-sight seeing trip was organized on 12th November, 2006 to have exposure of soil diversity in the state besides a trip to the famous Sun Temple in Konark and Lord Jagananatha Temple in Puri and also an pleasant evening on famous Puri sea beach.

R.K. Rattan
Indian Society of Soil Science
Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry,
Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 110012, India