Subsequent to the recognition of Soil Survey as a National Priority in 1947, a need was felt for creating a centralized information warehouse to assimilate, verify and disseminate information on the nature, extent and distribution of soils in the country. Consequently, the Government launched All-India Soil Survey Scheme in 1956, which expanded in 1959 as the All-India Soil and Land Use Survey Organisation (AIS&LUS). In 1969, the AIS&LUS was bifurcated into two wings, one being under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR). It was later in 1973 reconstituted as a Directorate through a Presidential Notification. The Directorate was accorded the status of a Bureau in 1976 and was named as National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP) with its Hqrs. at Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is one of the fourteen Natural Resource Management (NRM) institutes of the ICAR entrusted to conduct RD&T activities mainly in soil survey, remote sensing applications, land evaluation and land use planning.

Photo 1/2 - Meeting with the secretary, Govt. of Sikkim in relation to Land Resource Inventory
(LRI) in Sikkim on 10th March, 2014

Photo 3-7 - Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM), ICAR reviewed the initiatives taken by NBSS&LUP on Land Resource Inventory & Agricultural Land Use Planning in the meeting held at NBSS&LUP (RC),
New Delhi on 13.03.2014

Latest Publications

  • Natural Resource Management in Backward Districts of India: Issues and Challenges by Chaturvedi, Arun, Patil, N. G., Hazare, T. N. and Singh, S. K. Eds. (2014). National Agricultural Innovation Project (Component-3), NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 136.
  • Erosion of Tamil Nadu by Natarajan, A., Selvi, V., Srinivas, S., Singh, D. V., Dharumarajan, S., Sikka, A. K., Naidu, L.G.K., Madhu, M., Sarkar, D., Mishra, P. K. (2013). Soil NBSS Publ. 157, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 52.
  • Soil Erosion in Uttarakhand by Ram, Jagat, Singh, S.P., Yadav, R.C., Mahapatra, S. K., Sidhu, G.S., Sarkar, Dipak and Sharda, V.N. (2013). NBSS Publ. 156, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 53.
  • Soil Erosion in Goa by Obi Reddy, G. P., Kurothe, R.S., Sena, D. R., Harindranath, C. S., Naidu, L.G.K., Sarkar, D. and Sharda, V. N. (2013). NBSS Publ. 155, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 34.
  • Land Resource Atlas of West Bengal by Banerjee, T., Sarkar, D., Mukhopadhyay, S., Mukhopadhyay, J., Mandal, C. and Singh, S. K. (2013). NBSS Publ. 154, p 164.
  • Training Manual on GIS and Digital Image Processing by G.P. Obi Reddy, Nirmal Kumar and Dipak Sarkar (2012), NBSS Publ. 153. NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 166.
  • Remote sensing and GIS in digital terrain analysis and soil-landscape modeling by G.P. Obi Reddy and Dipak Sarkar (Eds) (2013), NBSS Publ. No. 152, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 300.
  • Soil erosion in Punjab by Sidhu, G.S., Pal, Sharmistha, Tiwari, A.K., Sarkar, Dipak and Sharda, V.N. (2013). NBSS Publ. 151, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 33.
  • Soil Fertility Assessment and Information Management for Enhancing Crop Productivity in Kerala – Edited by P. Rajasekharan, K.M. Nair, G. Rajasree, P. Sureshkumar and M.C. Narayanan Kutty (Oct-2013)
  • Generation of Soil Database for Khulgad Watershed Development in Almora District, Uttarakhand (DST Funded Project) by Walia, C.S., Surya, J. N., Dhankar, R. P., Sharma, J.P. and Sarkar, Dipak (2013). NBSS Report Number 1043. NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 130.
  • Compendium on Human Resource Development in remote sensing and GIS application in Natural Resource Management by G.P. Obi Reddy and Dipak Sarkar (2012), NBSS Pub. 150, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 88.