GJSCI Promotes Skill Development In Kerala
The Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI) is launching the sector skill development programme for the thriving gem and jewellery industry in the southern state of Kerala, which has the largest per capita consumption of gold.
The GJSCI signed a memorandum of understanding with the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) by the government of Kerala to form the Kerala State Advisory Committee. The meeting was held on May 13 in Thrissur with the collector of Thrissur, M.S. Jaya gracing the occasion as the chief guest.
The Advisory Committee will aim to bring about changes in manufacturing, infuse fresh talent in manufacturing and retail, and will also contribute to upgrading skill levels of Kerala’s artisans using a multipronged approach. A first-of-its-kind in South India, the programme will go a long way in strengthening the sector.
The GJSCI is the nodal body that is spearheading this effort along with partners in the industry in working towards the end objective of developing a skilled workforce as per the National Occupational Standard.
Dr. Abraham, IAS, additional chief secretary, government of Kerala will be a part of the advisory committee along with noted representatives from Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Jewellery Manufacturers Association (Kerala), Peeyar Exports and VNM Jewel Craft Ltd. The GJSCI will be represented by chairman Prem Kothari, CEO Dharmesh Sodah, and general manager – South India Ruban Hobday.
M.S. Jaya, collector of Thrissur, lights the ceremonial lamp as GJSCI chairman Prem Kothari (third from right) looks on.