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The Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (ISSLUP) came into existence on September 20, 1986 in Nagpur under Societies registration act XXI of 1860 (Registration no. Maharashtra 301/87, Nagpur) with 143 founder members. Late S.V. Govindrajan, former Chief Soil Survey Officer of the then All India Soil & Land Use Survey, New Delhi was elected as founder President and Dr. S.B. Deshpande as its first Secretary. At present, the Society has 498 life members, 25 annual, 39 institutional and 5 student members. Its ob jectives are: To stimulate research and to collect, collate and disseminate information relating to all aspects of soil survey, pedology and land use planning; To sponsor and organize symposia, seminars and conferences which provide forum for presentation of papers in all areas of soil survey, pedology and land use planning; To publish journal, bulletins, reports and other publications to achieve the objectives of the Society; To present a common forum for scientists working in soil survey, pedology and land use planning where they can discuss topics of mutual interest; To enhance the education and teaching standards in soil survey, pedology and land use planning; To work in association with other national and international societies having similar objectives; To undertake all other activities that may assist in the fulfillment of the above objectives of the Society.