IGI Launches School of Gemol­ogy In Mum­bai

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In­ter­na­tional Ge­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute (IGI) in­au­gu­rated its School of Gemol­ogy at Laxmi Tower in Ban­dra Kurla Com­plex, Mum­bai on Au­gust 16th as part of its en­deav­our to em­power the gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try. IGI said the newly es­tab­lished 5,000-sq-ft fa­cil­ity will help stu­dents work more ef­fec­tively in terms of tech­nol­ogy and sup­port, which will en­able them to pur­sue their cre­ative call­ing.

The Honorary Con­sul Gen­eral of Bel­gium in Mum­bai, Peter Huyghe­baert, was the chief guest at the event. Other no­table guests in at­ten­dance in­cluded GJEPC vice chair­man Colin Shah, Bharat Di­a­mond Bourse VP Me­hul Shah, GJEPC con­venor of the ex­hi­bi­tions sub-com­mit­tee Shailesh San­gani, Mi­lan Parikh of Ma­hen­dra Broth­ers, Ghan­shyam Dho­lakia of Hari Kr­ishna Ex­ports, Ra­jesh Lakhani of Ki­ran Gems and Ashraf Moti­wala of A.S. Moti­wala.

“Sell­ing a di­a­mond is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­plex as this in­dus­try is fac­ing chal­lenges from other lux­ury in­dus­tries,” Huyghe­baert told stu­dents at the cer­e­mony. “In this sce­nario, IGI’s School of Gemol­ogy is ex­actly what we need right now – its of­fer­ings will pre­pare you to face this myr­iad of chal­lenges.”

The cur­ricu­lum of the IGI School of Gemol­ogy in­cludes pol­ished di­a­mond pro­grammes, jew­ellery busi­ness man­age­ment grad­u­ate cour­ses, and a range of course­work. It also of­fers cour­ses for jew­ellery re­tail­ers and their sales teams.

“The IGI School of Gemol­ogy has been in­stru­men­tal in ed­u­cat­ing and em­pow­er­ing the in­dus­try since 1975; having first in­tro­duced in­ter­na­tional grad­ing stan­dards to the di­a­mond man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia and re­main­ing a con­stant re­source and knowl­edge­able part­ner,” said Tehmasp Prin­ter, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of IGI In­dia.

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