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.

ICAR-NBSS&LUP celebrated its 39th Foundation Day on 25th August 2015. Released Agro
Ecological-Regions map of India (Photo 01-04)

The 3rd Research Advisory Committee (2013-16) meeting of the Bureau was held during
26-27 June 2015 at HQrs. under the Chairmanship of Prof. S.K. Sanyal, Former Vice-Chancellor, BCKV, Mohanpur, West Bengal (Photo 05-12)

A MoU has been signed between and city-based ICAR-NBSS&LUP, Nagpur and Directorate
of Agriculture, Government of Goa on 6 July 2015 on Characterization and mapping of land
resources of Goa State under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) scheme (Photo 13-16)

MoU signed between NBSS&LUP and NRSC, Hyderabad (Photo 17)

MoU signed between NBSS&LUP and Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (Photo 18)

Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM) launches LRI Programme for the state of Telangana (Photo 19-23)

Latest Publications

  • District land Use Planning Mysore Karnataka by Ramamurthy, V., L.G.K. Naidu, K.M. Nair, S.C. Ramesh Kumar, S. Srinivas, S. Thayalan, Dipak Sarkar, Arun Chaturvedi and S.K. Singh (2015). NBSS Publ.No.169, NBSS&LUP (ICAR), Nagpur, India, p 95.
  • Soil Erosion in Gujarat by J.P. Sharma, J.D. Giri, C. Mandal, R.S. Kurothe, R.L. Shyamapura, D. Sarkar, S.K. Singh and V.N. Sharda (2014). NBSS Publ.167, NBSS&LUP (ICAR), Nagpur, India, p 47.
  • Soil Erosion in Meghalaya by D. Dutta, S. Bandyopadhyay, U. Baruah, Dipak Sarkar, S.K. Singh, A.K. Maji and B.L. Dhyani.(2014). NBSS Publ.160, NBSS&LUP (ICAR), Nagpur, India, p 29.
  • Soil Erosion in Delhi by S.K. Mahapatra, R.P. Yadav, S.P. Singh, R.K. Aggarwal, J.P. Sharma, A.K. Tiwari, G.S. Sidhu, Dipak Sarkar, S.K. Singh, V.N. Sharda and P.K. Mishra (2014). NBSS Publ.166, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, India, p 34.
  • Soil Erosion of Andaman & Nicobar Islands by Sahoo, A.K., Das, K., Das, A.L., Obi Reddy, G.P., Singh, S.K., Sarkar, Dipak and Mishra, P.K. (2013). NBSS Publ.165, NBSS&LUP (ICAR), Nagpur, p 30.
  • Soil Erosion of Sikkim by T.H. Das, Dipak Dutta, G.P. Obi Reddy, S.K. Singh, Dipak Sarkar, B.L. Dhyani and P.K. Mishra (2013). NBSS Publ.164, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 42.
  • Soil Erosion in Kerala by L.G.K. Naidu, A.K. Sikka, S. Srinivas, V. Selvi, P. Krishnan, D.V. Singh, Dipak Sarkar, S.K. Singh, M. Madhu and P.K. Mishra (2014). NBSS Publ.163, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, p 36.
  • Soil Erosion in Karnataka by V. Ramamurthy, S.K. Nalatwadmath, S. Srinivas, M.S. Rama Mohan Rao, C.R. Shivaprasad, R.N. Adhikari, L.G.K. Naidu, S.L. Patil, A.Raizada, Dipak Sarkar, S.K. Singh, and P.K. Mishra (2014). NBSS Publ.162, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur, - pp 70.
  • Soil Erosion in Jharkhand by Sahoo, A.K., Sarkar Dipak, Singh, S.K., Obi Reddy G.P., Dhyani, B.L., Mishra, P.K. and Sharda, V.N.(2014). NBSS Publ.159, NBSS&LUP (ICAR), Nagpur, 39 p.
  • 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.

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