Kirit Bhansali Elected Chairman Of IIGJ Mumbai
The board of directors of the Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) Mumbai, having completed its tenure, has elected a new panel of directors and a chairman in a meeting held at the Bagmal Laxmichand Parikh campus in Andheri (East) in late July.
The newly inducted directors of the re-enacted board are: Kirit Bhansali, Namita Pandya, Anil Virani, and Ashok Gajera. The directors continuing from the previous board are Praveenshankar Pandya, Vasant Mehta, Dilipkumar Lakhi, Sanjay Kothari, Nirmalkumar Barmecha, Ashish Kothari, and Raj Hiten Parikh.
The new chairman Kirit Bhansali is a high profile businessman and a partner of Sky Gems & Smital Gems with several branches throughout the world. He is also a committee member of the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) and the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). Bhansali has a vision of promoting quality education in the gems and jewellery industry through IIGJ Mumbai and would like to see IIGJ students selected by global jewellery brands.
Among the new directors, Ashok Gajera, managing director of Laxmi Diamonds, is also connected with several social activities including academics and upliftment of rural society under the Gajera Trust, at Amreli in Gujarat.
Anil Virani, managing director of Karp Impex, besides being a successful businessman, is also a promoter of upliftment of rural society through his family establishment at Jasdan in Gujarat. IIGJ Mumbai’s outgoing chairman Vasant Mehta (right) greeting the incoming chairman Kirit Bhansali with flowers.
Namita Pandya was the convener of IIGJ Tardeo, previously JPDC. She has now been elected as a full-fledged director. She also has been a promoter of education, especially in tribal areas of India.
IIGJ outgoing chairman Vasant Mehta played a significant role in the creation and overall development of IIGJ Mumbai to its present status where it is now recognised as a centre of jewellery education in India and abroad. IIGJ is now collaborating with Mewar University for a BA degree in Jewellery and with the Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research for the study of Jewellery Management.