Jun 16, 2017

Foundation Stone Ceremony for IIGJ in Udupi Graced by Hon’ble Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

The foundation stone laying ceremony was held today in Udupi, Karnataka for the Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) to be set up in that town.

The event was graced by Hon’ble Minister of State (IC), Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. Also present at the occasion were Shri. Manoj Dwivedi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India; and Smt. Shobha Karandlaje, Member of Parliament.

The first institute of its kind in South India, the IIGJ Udupi is being set up by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council in association with the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. It is expected to provide a boost to the gems and jewellery sector in the area.

“Across the globe, the majority of the best pieces of jewellery are handmade,” said Smt. Sitharaman speaking on the occasion. “Global retail giants like Cartier, Boucheron or Van Cleef & Arpels command premium prices for their handmade jewellery. India, whose forte lies in crafting the most intricate handmade jewellery should capitalise on this opportunity by building the necessary infrastructure. By setting up institutes like the IIGJ and common facility centres, GJEPC once again has come forward to further equip the Indian gems and jewellery sector to become globally competitive. I am confident that the IIGJ in Udupi will aid in providing exciting career opportunities in this sector to the youth of the surrounding regions.”  

Shri Dwivedi said: “With over 100 retail stores engaging a workforce of over 5,000 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. GJEPC has joined hands with NID, Ahmedabad to ensure that the best of jewellery and manufacturing courses are offered to the enrolled students. I applaud the GJEPC for taking this visionary step which would not only skill the youth but also create more job opportunities in Southern India.”

Commenting on the setting up of the Institute, Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC said: “IIGJ in Udupi is one of the ambitious projects taken up by GJEPC to tap the unutilised potential of youth in this region 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 and handmade jewellery. It is closely aligned with the vision of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Honourable Minister for Commerce & Industry to establish a one of its kind, full-fledged jewellery institute at Udupi with a strong focus on design. This is yet another step towards the pursuit of ‘Skill India’.”

The Institute will not only provide training for those wishing to pursue a career in the gems and jewellery sector, it will also offer courses for enhancing the skills of the existing workforce already engaged with the industry. 

The new institute will focus on three levels, the GJEPC said:

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. Provide a design and technological orientation to the local industry to be competitive in the Indian and world markets


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Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC), Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, seen lighting the lamp with Smt.  Shobha Karandlaje  to her immediate right; Praveenshankar Pandya Chairman GJEPC (2nd frm rt); Sabyasachi Ray (ext rt)  and other dignitaries at the Foundation Stone laying Ceremony of IIGJ, Udupi