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Military personnel's DNA fingerprinting was helpful in 12 cases: DGAFMS

Lieutenant General Daljit Singh, the Director General of the Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS), said on Monday that DNA fingerprinting of military members had assisted in identifying dead remains in 12 instances.
“The Department of Forensic Medicine at AFMC was collecting the blood samples of military members in a graded way for storage in the repository being kept. According to Lt Gen Daljit Singh, this DNA fingerprinting has so far assisted in identifying dead remains in 12 instances. On the final day of the Armed Forces Medical College's (AFMC) 75th anniversary celebrations on Monday in Pune, Maharashtra, DGAFMS gave a press conference. He was replying to a question on the military's use of DNA testing to identify a soldier's remains.
He also spoke about the possibility of giving AFMC the designation of Institute of National Importance.
“This year, the AFMC in Pune is anticipated to get the designation of Institute of National Importance (INI). Within the next six months, we anticipate that AFMC will receive the designation of Institute of National Importance, said Singh.
In response to questions about the AFMS's readiness for a potential COVID-19 resurgence, Singh reaffirmed that the Armed Forces hospitals are fully equipped and staffed to handle any cases involving both the armed forces and, if necessary, the general public.
From April 30 to May 1, 2023, the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, celebrated its Platinum Jubilee. According to the press release, the two-day celebration highlighted the culmination of 75 years of outstanding medical teaching and research at this illustrious institution, which has solidly cemented its position as one of the top medical schools in the nation.
To offer medical treatment to the nation's armed forces, the doctors and paramedics from AFMC are stationed all around the borders of the country. As outstanding medical luminaries both in India and abroad, a number of its graduates have also distinguished themselves.
According to an official statement, the Platinum Jubilee Medical Update, which was launched on April 30 by Lt Gen Daljit Singh, AVSM, VSM, PHS, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services, and Senior Col Comdt, was the highlight of the festivities.
High-ranking military officials and dignitaries from the general public participated. Through speeches, panel discussions, and symposiums, eminent medical experts imparted their wise insight and expertise.
A panel discussion on “Contributions of the Alumni to AFMC and the Way Forward” that was conducted in hybrid format and included panellists and participants from all around the world was one of the update's highlights.
A debate on “Artificial Intelligence – A boon for clinicians” and a discussion of a clinicopathological case were also part of the programme. The Platinum Jubilee orations were given by AFMC graduates Dr. Prabir Roy Chaudhury and Dr. Ruby Pawankar, two highly regarded medical professionals worldwide, according to the press release.
The second day's festivities started with a sombre wreath-laying ceremony, during which the DGAFMS led the alumni and cadets in paying respect to the martyrs at the AFMC's “Prerna Sthal.”
The DGAFMS, Mr. Naveen Jindal, a former lawmaker who is the president and founder of the Flag Foundation of India, and Lt. Gen. DP Vats, PVSM, SM, VSM (Retd), a lawmaker, all raised a 108-foot national flag to mark the event, according to the press release.

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