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State Government Promises Mumbai University Affiliation For IIGJ

The Minister at the convocation ceremony

The government of the state of Maharashtra will expedite the process of recognising the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ), an educational and training institution run by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), as being part of Mumbai University. The recognition will give all graduates of the IIGJ’s degree course a full university degree.

The intention to recognise the IIGJ was stated by the Maharasthra Minister for Higher & Technical Education Vinod Tawde, who was the chief guest at the IIGJ’s 11th convocation ceremony, held at the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB). The minister urged the institute not to blindly follow trends from all over the world but to “create an authentic syllabus and undertake degree courses with local relevance.”

Speaking at the event, GJEPC Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya re-articulated his vision for the modernisation and exponential growth of the jewellery industry in India, seeking to take the jewellery export production industry to the global leadership position that the country’s diamond processing industry now enjoys. To get this ambitious plan going, he said the GJEPC would start by developing jewellery parks that would provide an all-encompassing environment for jewellery production all around the country. The first one is slated for development in Mumbai, with the state government already having initiated the process to allocate land.

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