Mumbai: The Gemmological Institute of India (GII) has completed its 52nd year on 12th April, 2023. It was celebrated on Saturday, 15 April, 2023 in the Convention hall, Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), BKC. All the trustees, important trade personalities of G&J industry, visiting faculty members of GII and GII employees attended.
Mr. Anoop Mehta, Chairman, GII and President, BDB chaired the function and the function started after rendering National Anthem. Dr. AVR Reddy, CEO GII narrated the genesis of GII which was conceived in a meeting that was held in 1965 by five visionaries, Kirtibhai Doshi, Pravinbhai Nanavati, Padmakantbhai Jhaveri, Himmatbhai Jhaveri & Rajendrabhai A. Shah. It took another 6 years to start GII as a nonprofit making trust body. GII wished to celebrate Golden Jubilee two years back but could not, due to COVID-19 that has globally affected every walk of life. That has also taught GII “survival lessons.” Financially GII was in a peril, nearly sunk. Due to hard work of GII colleagues, GII not only survived but got a name as “GII is an institute that will work in adverse conditions also,” started earning and today GII has recovered financially.
In his address Mr. Anoop Mehta appreciated the efforts of employees for the demonstration of self-reliance during the demanding conditions of COVID 19. He also recollected the vision of the founder fathers of the trust and collective efforts of employees. Specifically he thanked GJEA for initially nurturing the GII and also thanked GJEPC for supporting later for about two decades. He told that BDB has provided office space to GII for operating Kiosk as well as carrying out Diamond related research. In this connection he specifically thanked Shri Bakulbhai, Former Chairman, GII, for guiding GII to fabricate a machine that could differentiate between Synthetic and Natural Diamonds. He assured all the employees full support and wished good luck.
Shri Nitinbhai, Trustee, being a link between founding fathers and todays trustees, was happy that GII completed 52 years of reliable service to trade despite facing some ups and downs. He informed that GII Scientists could identify treatment in Sapphires, resin filling in Emeralds and quality R&D of international standards. He wished the best to GII and would like to see completion of 75 years and more.
Shri Vipulbhai Shah, Chairman, GJEPC complimented GII for completing 52 years of glorious existance. He informed that GJEPC has been at the forefront to cooperate with GII for furthering service to G&J Trade. He is confident that GII will do better in the years to come to fulfill the dreams and vision of legendary forefathers.
Shri Anupbhai Zaveri, Managing trustee, GII elaborated efforts of founding fathers in nurturing its growth. Successive Boards of Trustees and team of Gemmologists, Graders & Scientists ensured the quality of testing services and prompt delivery of certificates. He stated that GII is working to expand its activities nationally & internationally. He assured that Board of Trustees and G&J Trade, will support GII with all possible guidance and cooperation that will be forthcoming.
Shri Mehulbhai and CEO designed commemoration coin and released it during the function. Shri Milind Varhadpande read the names and, Chairman and other dignitaries distributed coins to employees, visiting faculty members, Trustees and special guests. Shri Sandesh Mane coordinated organization of the function with BDB. Meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Mrs. Silvia Sequeira