The lecture was instituted in 2007 in the memory of late J.L. Sehgal, the pedologist par excellence and the founder Vice-President of the Society. He was born in Jalandhar on 7thSeptember 1937. Dr. Sehgal had more than 37 years of experience in Soil Science with special reference to Pedology. For his contribution to soil survey in Iraq, he was honoured by the President, Govt. of Iraq during 1978-79.

As the Director of National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Nagpur (January 1986 to January 1996), his major contributions were publication of Soil Resource Map of all the states of India on 1:500,000/1:50,000 scale, Agro-ecological zoning and assessing Land Degradation Status. Among many honours he received, his election as Vice-president, Commission-V at the World Soil Science Congress held at Acapulco, Mexico is worth a special mention. He breathed his last on 11th April 2006 in Ludhiana, Punjab.

The lecture was delivered by following personalities :-
Year Name of Persons
2008 Dr. S.M. Virmani
2010 Dr. P.K. Sharma
2012 Dr.Y.V.N. Krishnamurthy
2014 Dr. K.P.R.Vittal
2016 Dr. I.P. Abrol
2022 Dr. Tapas Bhattacharyya