Diamonds across time

Not so long ago, the global library of professional publications on precious stones was replenished with a unique book about rare diamonds and diamond jewelry published by the World Diamond Museum. Alex Popov, the founder and director of the museum told...

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21 december 2020

GJEPC of India to set up IIGJ in Varanasi

05 december 2016
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India is setting up Indian Institute of Gem & Jewellery (IIGJ) in Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Varanasi is the fifth centre in the country after Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur and Kolkata to have an IIGJ campus, says a 'Release' from the Council.
While gracing the foundation stone laying ceremony of IIGJ Varanasi, Hon. Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Unlike other sectors, Gem & Jewellery sector has direct impact on job creation. This is one sector which has different sub sectors by which gem & jewellery industry provides maximum jobs to people who come from rural areas and also with non gem & jewellery background through proper training.”
Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “GJEPC, the apex gem & jewellery body in India has always strived to support Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision for putting India on the trajectory of growth through numerous initiatives, one such being ‘Skill India.' We are establishing an IIGJ in one of the oldest learning centres of the world – Varanasi - with the ultimate objective of nurturing talent and enhancing export from the region. We hope to revive the rich tradition of jewellery designing craftsmanship in the entire northern region through this Institute”.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished