IDI Holds 39th Convocation Ceremony
Acquiring skills is the need of the hour and the Government of India is focusing on institutions such as IDI to provide a pool of skilled manpower to the industry.”
The Indian Diamond Institute (IDI) celebrated its 39th Convocation and Award Function at City Centre, Vesu Campus, Surat, on September 15th. The chief guest on the occasion was Rita Teaotia, IAS, commerce secretary, ministry of commerce & industry. Also present were Manoj Dwivedi, chairman of IDI and joint secretary, ministry of commerce and industry, Government of India, Sabyasachi Ray, executive director, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), Dineshbhai Navadiya, regional chairman, GJEPC and leading diamond merchants and jewellers.
In his welcome address, Dwivedi said that acquiring skills is the need of the hour and the Government of India is focusing on institutions such as IDI to provide a pool of skilled manpower to the industry. He said that the institute’s training programmes are aligned with the industry’s requirements, and as a result students are getting direct placement opportunities through campus interviews.
Teaotia urged the gem and jewellery industry to focus on developing vertical areas of the value chain, including gold, silver and diamond-studded jewellery making in order to compete with the everincreasing challenges from other luxury segments.
She called on the IDI to engage with other gems and jewellery institutions in the country for the exchange of educational programmes and sharing of knowledge on the upcoming trends in manufacturing.
Samir Joshi, executive director, IDI noted that the institute would soon start certification of lab-grown diamonds and the plan for certifying lab-grown diamond jewellery in is the pipeline. Joshi also informed that a total of 168 students have been conferred with diplomas.