Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid the Foundation Stone for a premier Gem & Jewellery Training Institute 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.
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.
The Institute will focus on three levels of skills:
1. NEW SKILLING for developing fresh skills in candidates who have no prior domain learning/working knowledge of jewellery
2. UP-SKILLING for upgrading the skills of candidates who have prior domain learning and are already working in the sector.
3. 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.
With IIGJ Udupi , GJEPC forays into Education & Training field in the Southern India for the first time.
With over 100 retail stores and engaging workforce of over 5000 people, Udupi boasts of a rich jewellery lineage.
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.