Mumbai: Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) Mumbai , a project of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC), has come-up with a one of its kind 3 Year Graduate Program in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing Techniques with an introduction to Management studies in collaboration with Welingkar Institute of Management. With these courses in the offering, IIGJ will be the first institute in the country to offer a complete graduate course on Gems and Jewellery including Operations Management for the emerging Jewellery Professional & Entrepreneurs.
The academic year 2016-17 will be the first year of this course and the admission process is already in progress.
While commenting during the press conference Mr Vasant Mehta, Chairman, IIGJ Mumbai, was certain that this programme would definitely be accepted by the aspiring youth who are keen to make their career in the Jewellery Industry. He further mention that it is appropriate that this Institute is venturing for this Programme considering that it is also the first of its kind to introduce intensive academic course for professional in Jewellery Industry almost more than 12 years ago.
Mr. Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “IIGJ has been fundamental in creating and nurturing the future of the gems and jewellery industry. The gems and jewellery industry has been growing rapidly over the years due to domestic and international demands and we are on the cusp of shortage of skilled staff in the industry. Most of the jewellers in the industry are of multiple generations. With such professional management courses we can bring new talent in the industry as well as the existing talent can be groomed.”
Also, Prof. Dr. Iyer- Dean, Welingkar Institute of Management, said, “We are happy to partner with IIGJ to offer India’s first graduate programme in Gems and Jewellery. We at Welingkar have always believed in building a pool of talent who can be industry leaders of tomorrow. With these courses we will be able to contribute in the nation’s Make in India’s initiative, as skilled and trained work force will always be required in the gems and jewellery industry.”
BA in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing Techniques and Diploma in Jewellery Techniques & Management, are the full three year programmes for students with minimum Higher Secondary qualifications (12th standard) in any stream. They are 6 semester courses; with each semester of 6 months period. In initial semesters, the syllabus for these courses includes introduction of jewellery, fundamentals of design, manufacturing and technology, introduction of diamond grading, jewellery designing, merchandising research etc. Gradually, the syllabus further covers specialization in design, manufacturing and merchandising, personality and skill development, jewellery management, sales & marketing etc. in later stages of semesters. The last semester has been dedicated for students for a full 6 months of internship with reputed and established jewelers or manufacturers.
IIGJ offers several other intensive courses for specific career in Jewellery Industry extending from 6 months to 1 year in Jewellery Design, Manufacturing & Cad all with a benefit of on the job training. The institute aims at nurturing the fresh talent who wish to pursue career in the gems and jewellery industry.
Post Graduate Diploma in jewellery Techniques & Management is designed specifically keeping in mind the knowledge required to train an aspirant to become an entrepreneur. Whereas other short term courses in CAD, Manufacturing, Merchandising, Diamond Grading & Gemology are designed for up gradation & skill enhancement courses which enable the students to learn key skills sets of the Industry there by allowing them to be placed in the Industry with professional skill sets.
Apart from regular jewellery educational classes for students, the Institute also conducts customized courses for working professionals, jewellery manufacturing and retailing companies (e.g. Titan Industries Ltd.), Financial Institutions and BIS sponsored Gold appraisal courses. Years of experience of conducting diverse jewellery functional training programs, has given the Institute the wherewithal to conduct any tailor made- need based training programmes for strategic and competitive advantages for profitable fiscal results.