By Aishwarya R. Iyer
Ever thought of making a career in gems and jewellery sector? The Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ), Mumbai has come up with comprehensive and intensive training using state-of-the-art resources. From the coming academic year (June), courses will commence. These courses are in collaboration with Welingkar Institute of Management and for the theory section it has joined hands with the University of Mumbai (MU) for the theoretical part of the course. Yesterday, in its main building in Andheri east, the new courses were launched.
In this academic season, IIGJ will offer one year post diploma course in Jewellery Management and one year Post graduate diploma in Jewellery Techniques and Management. Along with this, the existing courses are three year Graducate program in Jewellery Designing and Manufacturing Techniques and three year graduate program in Jewellery Designing, Manufacturing and Management.
Talking to The Afternoon DC, Kirit Bhansali, the Chairman of IIGJ Mumbai said, "With several new courses in the offering, IIGJ has the distinction of being a coveted institute, which offers comprehensive graduate, post-graduate and diploma courses on gem and jewellery sector for emerging jewellery professionals and entrepreneurs."
The institute, for the first time in Mumbai has, 'automatic casting machines' which are used in the manufacturing section.
Other countries which are good at gem and jewellery making are Turkey, China and Thailand. However, in India, as there is no support from the university bodies, there has been least scope in the sector. University Grant Commission (UGC) aims to come up with a separate university for this course within the coming five years.
Did you know?
There is serious unemployment problem in the field of jewellery? Studies reveal that in India, many jewellery makers are quitting their jobs which leads to their upcoming generation to stay away from this field. Reportedly, 80% of the current generation, who are related to the field of jewellery, have their relatives in the same field. Which means, a career in Gem and Jewellery is essentially a family business.