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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
04-September-2009 17:8 IST
Dr ArvInd Lal Conferred Honorary Brigadier Rank
Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services conferred the Honorary Rank of Brigadier on Dr. Arvind Lal, Chairman and Managing Director of Dr. Lal Pathological Laboratories at a function in New Delhi, today. The rank has been granted by the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil to Dr Lal in recognition to his outstanding contribution in the field of health care.

Dr Arvind Lal is a pioneer in bringing Laboratory services in India at par with the Western world. Born on August 22, 1949, Dr Lal is an alumni of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, having received his graduate and post-graduate medical degrees from the prestigious institute. Later he worked as a Demonstrator (Lecturer) in the Department of Pathology in AFMC. In 1977 Dr Lal took charge of the Pathology Laboratory founded in 1949 by his late father. Under his expert guidance and leadership, Dr Lal Path Labs has become one of the most reputed laboratories in Asia.

Dr Lal has revolutionized laboratory medicine in the country by introducing new tests, instruments and ICT systems i.e. Information, Communications-Technology systems. His R & D unit is recognized by the Department of Science and Technology. A member of many expert and advisory bodies set up by the central and state governments and on the panel of several professional bodies and institutes, Dr Lal has served as a pathologist to many present and past Prime Ministers of India.

Conferred with the Padma Shri award by the President this year, Dr Lal is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Solidarity Award in 1994, Delhi Ratan Award in 2005, Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine in 2003 and the International Business Council Award 1994.