Commerce Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman laid the Foundation Stone for a
premier Gem & Jewellery Training Institute on 16 June, ‘17 in Udupi,
Karnataka . Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) is being set up in
association with National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.
This training centre shall be amongst the series of Training Institutes
& Facility Centres set up by GJEPC (Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion
Council) across India. With IIGJ Udupi , GJEPC forays into Education &
Training field in the Southern India for the first time.
Addressing the function Ms. Sitharaman said that Across the Globe,
the best of jewellery pieces are majority handmade. Global retail giants like
Cartier, Boucheron or Van Cliff command premium prices for their handmade
jewellery. She said India, whose forte
lies in crafting most intricate handmade jewellery should capitalise on this
opportunity by building necessary infrastructure.The Minister said by setting
up institutes like IIGJ and other facility centres GJEPC once again has come
forward to further equip Indian Gem & Jewellery sector and make it globally
competitive. She said she was confident that IIGJ in Udupi will aid in providing
exciting career opportunities to youth of surrounding regions in this sector.
Mr. Manoj Dwivedi, Joint secretary said, With over 100 retail stores and
engaging workforce of over 5000 people, Udupi boasts of a rich jewellery
lineage. By setting up IIGJ here, GJEPC envisions to productively use the
talent available here by providing required training and guidance.He said GJEPC
has joined hands with NID, Ahmedabad to ensure that best of jewellery and manufacturing
courses are offered to the enrolled students. He applauded GJEPC for taking
this visionary step which would not only skill the youth but also create more
job opportunities in Southern India.
Commenting on setting up of Institute, Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman,
GJEPC said that IIGJ in Udupi is one of the ambitious projects taken up by
GJEPC to tap the unutilised potential of youth in this region and
thereby giving a significant boost to Indian G& J sector. This Institute
strongly embodies Honourable Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and
much professed emphasis on design & handmade jewellery. It is closely
aligned with the vision of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Honourable Commerce &
Industry Minister to establish a one of its kind, full-fledged Jewellery
Institute at Udupi with strong Design focus. He said this is yet another step
towards the pursuit of “Skill India”.
The Institute will provide training to the youth in the region in
various aspects of hand-crafted jewellery making, which could eventually lead
to employment opportunities in the G & J sector. It will also aim at
enhancing the skills of the existing work force already engaged with the
industry. Creation and upgradation of such trained work force will in turn help
in fostering development of the local jewellery industry.
will focus on three levels of skills: NEW SKILLING for developing fresh skills
in candidates who have no prior domain learning/working knowledge of jewellery, UP-SKILLING for upgrading the skills of
candidates who have prior domain learning and are already working in the
sector, Give a design & technological orientation to the local industry to
be competitive in the Indian & world market.
Keeping the objectives in mind, the Institute shall offer Manufacturing
& CAD designing courses on jewellery. Indian Diamond Institute, based in
Surat & IIGJ has been involved on behalf of GJEPC to collaboratively
develop the programme curriculum with NID, India’s Premier Design Institution.