Initially the Society was established in the year 1987 at Dehradun in the name of Joseph Koithara Well Logging Society (JKWLS) in fond memory of Late Shri Joseph Koithara, an eminent Petrophysicist of the country. It has been revived from dormant stage in 2005 and shifted its activities to Mumabi, a hub of hydrocarbon exploration in India. Subsequently it has been renamed as SPWLA-India chapter in 2007.