Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC) is setting up the Indian Institute of Gem & Jewellery (IIGJ) at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Udupi in Karnataka to enhance artisans skills for the gem & jewellery sector. "We are setting up two more IIGJ institutes in Varansi and Udupi and expand our Mumbai facility. We are investing around Rs 35 crore of which Rs 20 crore are spent on Varansi facility spread over 8,000 square feet area," IIGJ Head- Sanjoy Ghosh said.
"We are also investing Rs 7 crore in Udupi facility, which is expected to start shortly. The expansion of Mumbai center will cost Rs 5 crore for adding two more floors," added Ghosh. The governments Assistance to States for Infrastructure Development of Exports (ASIDE) scheme will provide assistance of 50 per cent in the proposed funding, said Ghosh.
"With Maharashtra government supporting initiatives such as the jewellery park and gems & jewellery university, successful graduates from IIGJ can access several career opportunities. IIGJ is as important as the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras and International Skills Centres to offer specialized skills to the youngsters of India," said Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC.
Kirit Bhansali, Chairman, IIGJ Mumbai, said, “With several new courses in the offering, IIGJ has the distinction of being a coveted institute, which offers comprehensive graduate and post-graduate degree & diploma courses on gems and jewellery sector for emerging jewellery professionals & entrepreneurs.”