GJSCI Im­ple­ments RPL Pro­gramme In SEEPZ

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The Gem & Jew­ellery Skill Coun­cil of In­dia (GJSCI) launched the Recog­ni­tion of Prior Learn­ing (RPL) pro­gramme in SEEPZ, Mum­bai, un­der the aegis of the Prad­han Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yo­jna (PMKVY). The RPL ini­tia­tive aims to up­lift kari­gars in the gems and jew­ellery in­dus­try in In­dia; it cer­ti­fies ar­ti­sans who have ac­quired skill sets through in­for­mal learn­ing chan­nels and on-the-job train­ing.

The event in Mum­bai was in­au­gu­rated by N.P.S. Monga, In­dian Trade Ser­vice devel­op­ment com­mis­sioner for SEEPZ-SEZ. Also in at­ten­dance were Gau­rav Kapoor, head in­dus­try part­ner­ships & CSR, Na­tional Skill Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NSDC), Ra­jeev Pandya, pres­i­dent of the Seepz Gems and Jew­ellery Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (SGJMA), Vinod Khe­walkar, ap­pren­tice­ship ad­vi­sor, and Premku­mar Kothari, chair­man of GJSCI, and Binit Bhatt, CEO of GJSCI.

“Our mo­tive is to ed­u­cate and pro­duce a skilled and cer­ti­fied work­force to this in­dus­try, which will not only pro­vide them good work­ing con­di­tions, but also en­sure phys­i­cal well-be­ing thus rais­ing their stan­dard of liv­ing. This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will help the kari­gars to un­der­stand and en­hance their ex­per­tise. We look for­ward to shift the core of this lu­cra­tive in­dus­try from un­or­gan­ised to or­gan­ised through the RPL pro­gramme,” said Kothari.

“GJSCI aims to en­rol the can­di­dates to the course by spread­ing aware­ness through in­dus­try-based ca­reer coun­selling. RPL so far has al­ready trained 80,000-plus can­di­dates and over 20,000 of them are al­ready cer­ti­fied un­der the RPL pro­gramme con­ducted in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. Mum­bai, be­ing the fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal of In­dia, is one of the most lu­cra­tive mar­kets for gems and jew­ellery. This also in­di­cates high num­ber of kari­gars work­ing for a num­ber of jew­ellery brands. The idea be­hind launch­ing RPL in Mum­bai, SEEPZ, is to en­able the skilledyet-un­cer­ti­fied labour force of this city to gain cer­ti­fied for­mal knowl­edge, which is cru­cial for their bet­ter­ment and will also help the jew­ellers to gauge their work­force and op­ti­mise them ac­cord­ingly,” added Bhatt.

N.P.S Monga, In­dian Trade Ser­vice devel­op­ment com­mis­sioner for SEEPZSEZ, speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the RPL pro­gramme in Mum­bai.

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