Mumbai, 14th December 2017 (GPN) : The Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ), an educational project of the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) celebrated its 11th Convocation Ceremony in the presence of Shri Vinod Tawde (Honorable Minister for Higher & Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra), GJEPC Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya and Ms Vaishali Banerjee (MD India, Platinum Guild of India) amongst others.
IIGJ Chairman Shri Kirit Bhansali formally introduced IIGJ Mumbai and its achievements to the Chief Guest Shri Tawde. He further mentioned The Gems & jewellery industry contributes over 6 % to India`s GDP and jewellery education should have its rightful place to became a mainstream career option for hundreds & thousands of aspiring students. He further requested honourable minister to Introduce Gems & jewellery as a formal course curriculum in universities.
In his address at the Convocation Ceremony, Shri Tawde acknowledged the request of Chairman IIGJ Shri. Kirit Bhansali and considering the potential of this Sector said that the State Government will soon undertake the process of recognizing the IIGJ as a part of Mumbai University. In this context, the Minister suggested the Gems and Jewellery fraternity to evolve its own local relevance courses for the graduate students and avoid copying study syllabus from overseas institutions. “Create an authentic syllabus and undertake degree courses with local relevance,” he said. Shri Tawde also asked the management of the IIGJ to have 10-12 difference courses and take this institution to the level of IIT or IIM to compete with peers in the international institutions.
GJEPC Chairman Shri Praveenshankar Pandya said that Indian Jewellery trade and industry needs to have modernized factories and upgrade manufacturing Jewellery to world standard to become the number one jewellery exporter in the world. India is already the world leader in Diamonds and Colour stones exports and it has to achieve numero uno status in jewellery exports too. Mr Pandya also emphasized the need to enhance the art of designing and manufacturing and for this purpose, needed support from the Maharashtra Government in terms of allocation of land to develop Jewellery Park as well as Gems and Jewellery University somewhere in Navi Mumbai.
About Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery:
Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ), an initiative of GJEPC, under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industries. The Institute is fortunate to have its own fully air-conditioned standalone four storied building, with a total built- up area of over 12,000 Sq. ft. The campus reflects a commitment to quality and dedication to the creative and intellectual needs of students. The educational needs of the students are also promoted in unprecedented experiences of academic energy, exploration and challenges. The Institute is in its 12th year of existence and over 8,000 students have passed out from various educational courses. At IIGJ, a student’s education doesn’t end at the classroom door. The Institute
provides an incredible variety of opportunities for students to enhance and supplement in-class learning with hands-on experiences in top jewellery companies, a list which will read like the who’s who of the jewellery industry.
The Institutes educational programs are well supported by 21 full time qualified and experienced faculties and professionals from the industry are also invited as guest speakers. Three CAD labs with an overall capacity of 100 computer stations with all licensed 3D design software, two design studios, a 45 station work bench training setup for jewellery manufacturing, 3D CAM printer, Laser welder and Fisher XRF laser spectroscope are some of the other state of the art facilities available at the institute. The Institute also has its own 60 seater air conditioned auditorium with audio-visual support.
IIGJ has recently restructured its courses to bring it in line with the requirement of the industry. The courses are now more intensive and comprehensive aiming to bring out the best in each individual. Management studies have been added in collaboration with Welingkar Institute of Management Development& Research as a core subject to make the students fully industry ready.
Andheri and Tardeo are the two facilities in Mumbai of the IIGJ institute.
IIGJ Tardeo center is successfully running jewellery designing courses as it is located at Commerce Centre, in the heart of south Mumbai.
The Gem& Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) was set up by the Ministry of Commerce and industry, Government of India (GoI) in 1966. It was one of several Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) launched by the Indian Government, to boost the country’s export thrust, when India’s post-Independence economy began making forays in the international markets. Since 1998, the GJEPC has been granted autonomous status. The GJEPC is the apex body of the gems & jewellery industry and today it represents over 6,000 exporters in the sector. With headquarters in Mumbai, the GJEPC has Regional Offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Surat and Jaipur, all of which are major centres for the industry. It thus has a wide reach and is able to have a closer interaction with members to serve them in a direct and more meaningful manner. Over the past decades, the GJEPC has emerged as one of the most active EPCs, and has continuously strived to both expand its reach and depth in its promotional activities as well as widen and increase services to its members.