Meet the Winners of India Skills Competition
In July, GJSCI was once again in the news at the India Skills Competition hosted at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. All the three winners of India Skills Competition, Sanjoy Pramanik, Asrof Jamal and Sweta Singh, were trained by GJSCI. They won the prize money of and respectively from Rajiv Pratap Rudy, union minister of state skill development and entrepreneurship, in the presence of GJSCI chairman Prem Kothari and other dignitaries from the NSDC and the ministry. The winners will represent India at the World Skills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi next year. India Skills Competition was started by the NSDC where a competition is held for all the skills identified under this initiative, including the gems and jewellery sector. This time, a record 98 applicants from the gems and jewellery industry participated in the competition, of which eight were selected as finalists. Participants were given a design and material to curate a piece from scratch and were evaluated on the same. After that a thorough screening process was conducted by Grau Bär Design and a jury comprising D.D. Karel, director of N.M.Karel & Sons, New Delhi; Prof. Dhiraj Kumar, principal-IIGJ Jaipur; Anupam Karmakar vice-president of Vummudi Jewels, Chennai; Wilson Quadros, industrial consultant; and Dr. Parag Vyas, chief expert, World Skills Competition. The winners will be provided the required training to enhance their designing skills and groom their talent for the global event next year. The exercise will highlight Indian skills in gems and jewellery on a global platform, and encourage the youth to enter the industry. Winners at the India Skills Competition 2016 for the gems and jewellery sector. (From left) Asrof Jamal, Sanjoy Pramanik, Savita Palariya and Sweta Singh.