PADMA SHREE AWARD FOR DR ARVIND LAL
Dr. Arvind Lal, Chairman & Managing Director of Dr. Lal PathLabs, has been conferred the Padma Shree award by the President of India in recognition of his pioneering efforts in bringing Laboratory services in India at par with the western world.
Under his expert guidance and leadership, Dr. Lal PathLabs, the 60 years old Laboratory service provider has become one of the most reputed laboratories in Asia, having to its credit the highest number of eight accreditations from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India). He brought International recognition to the Indian Healthcare Industry in the form of accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP – USA). Dr. Lal PathLabs tests a record number of 9,000 patients every day from the largest test menu in India of over 1,650 tests and panels.
Dr. Lal has revolutionized laboratory medicine by introducing the maximum number of new tests, instruments and ICT systems i.e. Information, Communications-Technology systems in India. His R&D unit is recognized by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. This unit has done India proud by developing the latest tests in Molecular Diagnostics like the Real Time PCR for HIV Viral Load Studies, Tuberculosis – India’s number one infectious disease and Genotyping for Hepatitis C Virus – the biggest killer of all liver diseases. The aim of the R&D division is to provide highly specialized tests at low cost to the weaker sections of the society.
Dr. Lal is a member of many expert and advisory bodies constituted by the central and the state governments. He is accredited by having the first PPP (Public Private Partnership) in the field of laboratory testing with the Government of Tripura since 2004. Dr. Lal is also an active member of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Healthcare Committee and has played a significant role in promoting the Indian Healthcare sector abroad and in promoting PPP’s initiatives with the union government. He is the founder Vice President of ACRO (Association of Clinical Research Organizations) for furthering the cause of Clinical Research in India. Dr. Lal was appointed as the Honorary Physician to the President of India in 2001. He has also been serving as a pathologist to many present and past Prime Ministers of India. His laboratory is the nodal laboratory testing the largest number of government employees from CGHS, ECHS, Ministry of Railways, Delhi Government and many others.
Dr. Lal has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine in 2003 and the Delhi Ratan Award in 2005 for his extraordinary contribution in the field of Laboratory Medicine. He has also been the recipient of the International Business Council Award and the Indira Gandhi Solidarity Award in 1994. Under his leadership, in July 2008, his laboratory was bestowed, in the healthcare category, with the prestigious CNBC TV 18 and ICICI ‘Emerging India Award’ presented in London, U.K.
This award is a felicitation to his pioneering efforts and we are honoured to be working under his able guidance.