The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) Jaipur held an award function for students of its Postgraduate, Graduate and Diploma Programs in the pink city on 6th May 2023. The chief guest for the event was Smt Shakuntala Rawat, Industries Minister, Govt. of Rajasthan. Also present on the occasion were Shri Rajiv Jain, Vice Chancellor, Raj University & RISU; Shri Rajiv Arora, Minister of State, Govt. Of Rajasthan and Chairman, Rajasthan Export Promotion Council; Shri Kirit Bhansali, Vice Chairman, GJEPC; Shri Nirmal Bardiya, Regional Chairman, GJEPC; Dr Nawal Agarwal, Chairman, IIGJ Jaipur; and Shri Sudhir Kasliwal, Hon. Secretary, IIGJ Jaipur.
In his speech, Shri Bhansali said, “I’m sure each of you is excited to start a new chapter in your life. You are joining the workforce at an opportune time as the industry is experiencing rapid growth, thanks mainly to the support of the Government.
“The Government recognises the industry’s contribution in terms of exports and employment and is committed to supporting it through trade-friendly policies. With the signing of Free Trade Agreements with UAE and Australia, exports of gems and jewellery from the country are expected to receive a further boost.
“The industry is going through a transformational phase. GJEPC will be setting up Gem Bourse in Jaipur, Jewellery Park in Mumbai, and Common Facility Centres across major gem & jewellery clusters in India. There are vast opportunities that this industry offers, and you are the ones who will drive the industry forward in the future.”
The IIGJ award function took place in Jaipur after a Covid-induced gap of more than four years.