edition of the National
Directory of Soil Scientists, listing 412 soil scientists, was published
in 1994. In view of its usefulness, the Directory earned a lot of
appreciation.z Because of dynamic nature of the information, however,
the Directory required continuous
at regular intervals. So far, this self-imposed professional commitment
has been honored, regularly, at the eve of every biennial Congress of
edition of the Directory, documents up-to-date information of 658 soil
scientists, of which 152 are PhD, 465 M. Phil/MSc and 41are BSc.
Further, 190 of the listed scientists belong to federal institutions,
255 to Punjab, 80 to Sindh, 55to NWFP, 15 to Baluchistan, 9 to AJK and
45 to agro-based industry and 9 misc. Discipline-wise break-up of soil
science community in Pakistan is: Soil fertility, 320; soil chemistry,
62: soil mineralogy, 8: soil salinity, 95; soil microbiology, 45; soil
physics, 19; soil conservation, 12; soil survey, 60: soil environment,
17and agronomy, 21.