Skill Development and Training, and Research and Gemmological services have been on the GJEPC’s agenda almost since its inception. Today there are seven educational institutes in five cities; and four gemmological laboratories under the GJEPC umbrella. With the avowed aim of building a pool of trained manpower resources for the industry, the Council set up educational institutes offering courses in gems and jewellery in major centres for the industry in the country. All not-for-profit organisations, they all have state-of-the-art equipment and up-to-date facilities.
The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ)
The IIGJ was first set up in Mumbai in 2003 as an institute which would take the educational effort of the Council to the next level. The institute was set up to international standards and has a top-notch faculty and an advanced curriculum, suited to train professionals for the modern industry. The
More recently, the GJEPC has sought to standardize and rationalist its scattered efforts in the educational sphere and various institutes were brought under the IIGJ umbrella. Hence, today the Council also runs the IIGJ Delhi, IIGJ Jaipur and IIGJ Kolkata.
Indian Diamond Institute (IDI)
The IDI is ideally situated in Surat, which is the penultimate centre for diamond manufacturing in India. It offers educational courses for aspirants and also undertakes gem testing and Research & Development activities.
Gemological Institute of India (GII)
Established in 1971, the GII has become an established and acknowledged centre for gemological and training services and for its Research & Development work. It is an authority on gemstones and diamonds in the country with a highly trained and competent faculty, who have regularly produced research papers on gemstones.
Gem Testing Laboratory, Jaipur (GTL)
Jaipur, the leading colored gemstone centre of the country has its own laboratory in the way of the GTL based there. While it grades and certifies all kinds of stones, its specialty is in colored gemstones.
Indian Gemological Institute, Delhi (IGI)
Located in New Delhi, IGI, serves the gem testing and certification requirements of the industry in North India. More recently it has also introduced certification for studded jewellery as one of its services.
The Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI)
The latest addition to the educational efforts of the Council is establishment of GJSCI set up under the aegis of the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and in collaboration with other associations of the gems and jewellery sector. It is mandated to create an overall plan for training keeping in mind the needs of the industry.