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GJEPC Council becomes the Knowledge and Certification Partner at the Jewellery Skill Center, Karaikudi

The Inauguration of Jewellery Skill Center took place at the Algappa University-IL & FS Institute of Skills, Karaikudi on 5th October 2013

5th October’2013, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu:The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council was invited by GJSCI and IL & FS to be the Knowledge and Certification Partner at the Jewellery Skill Center which was inauguratedon 5th October’ 2013 by the Honorable Minister for Finance, Govt. of India,Shri. P. Chidambaramat Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. The inaugural function was attended by Prof. Kaliyamoorthy, Shri. RCM Reddy, MD IL & FS and other dignitaries.

Commenting on the association, Mr. Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said, “We are delighted to partner with the GJSCI and the IL & FS in the Jewellery Skill Center, Karaikudiwhich we believe is an important step forward towards upgradation of skills and improving the quality of workmanship and efficiency in production. I congratulate all the organizers and local people for taking this step towards encouraging and motivating the workforce of the gem & jewellery industry.”

As the knowledge partner, GJEPC will support the Jewellery Skill Center in:

  • • Organizing faculty, course material etc in regional language.

  • • Installation and running the center with appropriate equipments, tools, consumables etc.

  • • Mobilize trainees in and around Karaikudi for the training

  • • Play the role of a moderator between the skill center, IL & FS and GJSCI as knowledge and certification partner.

Initially, it had been proposed to conduct the “metal setter (basic)” course according to the NOS created for 25 days (5 hours a day) for the already skilled labor force in Karaikudi who were keen to learn the “open setting” to improve their skill set. However, based on the request of GJSCI,GJEPC organized the work benches from Goldsmith Academy, Madurai to transport, fix and run the class on the inaugural day for 12 trainees who were goldsmithsand wishedto upgrade their skill set mainly in “open setting”.

The Honorable Finance Minister praised the project and interacted with all the goldsmiths encouraging them to complete the course and do better in life. He also stayed long to see for himself how the stone is being set which showed his interest for the industry in this region; especially Karaikudi and Sivagangai region.

The local jewellery trade also expressed their optimism and excitement towards the project and has assured their support in the successful running of the skill center and with the excellent response that the programme has received, GJEPC plans to roll out similar such initiatives across various centres in the southern region.

About The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council India (GJEPC India)

Set-up in 1966, the GJEPC has over the years effectively moulded the scattered efforts of individual exporters to make the gem and jewellery sector a powerful engine driving India's export-led growth. This apex body of the gem & jewellery industry has played a significant role in the evolution of the Indian gem and jewellery industry to its present stature. GJEPC is continuously working towards creating a pool of artisans and designers trained to international standards so as to consolidate the Indian jewellery industry and establish it as a prominent global player in the jewellery segment.

With strength of 5200 members spread all over the country, the Council is primarily involved in introducing the Indian gem & jewellery products to the international market and promotes their exports. To achieve this, the Council provides market information to its members regarding foreign trade inquiries, trade and tariff regulations, rates of import duties, and information about jewellery fairs and exhibitions.

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