Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has laid the foundation stone for a premier Gem & Jewellery Training Institute in Udupi, Karnataka, with an aim to provide career opportunities to youth of surrounding regions in the sector.
With Indian Institute of Gem & Jewellery (IIGJ) Udupi, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) forays into Education & Training field in the Southern India for the first time, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
IIGJ is being set up in association with National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad. This training centre shall be amongst the series of training institutes & facility centres arranged by GJEPC across India.
While addressing the function Sitharaman said that across the globe, the best of jewellery pieces are majorly handmade. Global retail giants like Cartier, Boucheron or Van Cliff that controls premium prices for their handmade jewellery.
She also stated that India, whose specialty lies in crafting the 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 would further equip Indian Gem & Jewellery sector and make it globally competitive.
Manoj Dwivedi, Joint Secretary said, “With over 100 retail stores and engaging workforce of over 5000 people, Udupi boasts of a rich jewellery lineage.”
GJEPC has joined hands with NID, Ahmedabad to ensure that best of jewellery and manufacturing courses are offered to the enrolled students, he stated.
Dwivedi applauded GJEPC for taking this visionary step which would skill the youth and 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.
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.