GJSCI’s New Chair­man Presents Fu­ture Roadmap For Skilling & Train­ing

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Founded in 2012, un­der the aegis of the Na­tional Skill De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NSDC) and cur­rently func­tion­ing un­der the Min­istry of Skill De­vel­op­ment & En­trepreneur­ship (MSDE), The Gem & Jewellery Skill Coun­cil of In­dia (GJSCI) aims to im­part and skill work­ers re­lated to all the fields in the in­dus­try and make sure that the next gen­er­a­tion of artisans will­ingly join the in­dus­try.

GJSCI held a press meet at the In­dian In­sti­tute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) in Mum­bai last month to in­tro­duce its new chair­man San­jay Kothari, who was the past chair­man of the Gem and Jewellery Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (GJEPC). Ra­jeev Garg has stepped in as the new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and CEO.

In his key­note ad­dress, Kothari said that the gem and jewellery in­dus­try em­ploys 4.64 mil­lion peo­ple and plans to give jobs to an ad­di­tional 3.59 mil­lion peo­ple over the next decade. De­spite be­ing the ma­jor di­a­mond cut­ting and pol­ish­ing hub, with a strong jewellery man­u­fac­tur­ing base, Kothari lamented that In­dia was not among the main jewellery sourc­ing cen­tres for top global brands. “Italy, China and Hong Kong are the main des­ti­na­tions of sourc­ing branded jewellery,” he noted, adding, “In­dia should also en­ter into that space, and In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ers should sup­ply jewellery to top global brands. But to achieve that goal, the in­dus­try has to work as one force.” He urged the train­ing in­sti­tutes and in­dus­try bod­ies to come for­ward to work as part­ners and take the skilling pro­grammes ahead.

He noted that the pri­mary man­date of the GJSCI was to up­grade skills of the cur­rent work­force and train the train­ers, im­prove de­sign­ing skills through man­u­fac­tur­ing and qual­ity con­trol. “We have to take the pre­vi­ous chair­man Premku­mar Kothari’s legacy for­ward,” he said.

Till date, GJSCI has taken sev­eral steps ahead in keep­ing with its man­date. It has trained and cer­ti­fied 133,230 can­di­dates un­der its Short Term Train­ing (STT) course, and 24,141 artisans un­der the Recog­ni­tion of Prior Learn­ing (RPL) pro­gramme. GJSCI is also af­fil­i­ated with over 150 train­ing part­ners and 36 as­sess­ment agen­cies across the coun­try, and has en­listed 938 as­ses­sors, as well as 906 train­ers.

The aim is to train the ad­di­tional 3.59 mil­lion peo­ple and en­able them to work in mod­ern fac­to­ries. In his pre­sen­ta­tion, Garg said, “The GJSCI’s man­date is al­ready in place. The coun­cil does not train

peo­ple di­rectly, in­stead it cre­ates in­fra­struc­ture and en­gages train­ing part­ners.”

The man­date was to create a skilling ecosys­tem for the gems and jewellery in­dus­try by en­gag­ing train­ing part­ners and as­sess­ment agen­cies; to train the train­ers nom­i­nated by the train­ing part­ners for con­duct­ing train­ing in qual­i­fi­ca­tion packs and cer­tify them; and to cer­tify the as­ses­sors and en­gage as­sess­ment agen­cies, for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of can­di­dates trained by the train­ing part­ners; iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of skill de­vel­op­ment needs, in­clud­ing pre­par­ing a cat­a­logue of types of skills, range and depth of skills to fa­cil­i­tate in­di­vid­u­als to choose from them; de­velop a sec­tor skill de­vel­op­ment plan and main­tain skill in­ven­tory among oth­ers.

High­light­ing some key ini­tia­tives be­ing un­der­taken by GJSCI, Garg spoke about Project Vanika, an ini­tia­tive to train tribal women in the art of jewellery mak­ing to en­able them to earn a liveli­hood and, in turn, re­duce the rate of mi­gra­tion among tribal com­mu­ni­ties. In the pi­lot phase alone, over 1,200 women have been trained so far, and they earn I1,500 to I2,000 ev­ery month work­ing from home in their spare time. GJSCI has pro­posed to the tribal min­istry, Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra, to train 12,000 women in the art of jewellery mak­ing that will help them be­come self-re­liant.

Project Ru­paan­tar is ded­i­cated to trans­form the lives of pris­on­ers, es­pe­cially first-time of­fend­ers, by im­part­ing skills and help­ing them se­cure a source of in­come while they are still serv­ing their term. Once they are re­leased from jail, these skills can en­sure a bet­ter fu­ture for them, al­low­ing them to live a life of dig­nity. GJSCI has com­pleted train­ing of two batches in the pi­lot phase, and reg­u­lar work is be­ing pro­vided to the trained in­mates. On pa­per, a pro­posal to train over 800 in­mates in Ti­har and Man­doli jails of Delhi has been ap­proved by NSDC as a spe­cial project.

GJSCI’s Project Hu­pari has been closely in­volved in trans­form­ing this small sil­ver town which is fa­mous for pro­duc­ing sil­ver an­klets. There are about 20,000 artisans en­gaged in sil­ver­smithing in six nearby vil­lages of Hu­pari. The coun­cil has in­tro­duced ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in place of an­cient meth­ods that are fol­lowed in Hu­pari. The new-age tech­niques will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive pro­duc­tion of sil­ver or­na­ments. The min­istry of skill de­vel­op­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra has ap­proved lakh through District Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (DPDC), Kol­ha­pur, for the project, and the Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC) is cur­rently work­ing on a pro­posal for build­ing a train­ing and com­mon fa­cil­ity cen­tre there.

GJSIC looks for­ward to gain larger par­tic­i­pa­tion from the in­dus­try and at­tract fresh fo­cus on its var­i­ous skilling ac­tiv­i­ties and ini­tia­tives.

At the time of go­ing to press, GJSCI an­nounced that along with NSDC it was go­ing to con­duct a road­show in SEEPZ on 26th Oc­to­ber where in the Joint Sec­re­tary from the Min­istry of Skill De­vel­op­ment and En­trepreneur­ship, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia would be present to high­light the new fea­tures of re­vamped Ap­pren­tice­ship Act 1961 and Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­mo­tion Scheme (NAPS).

The new chair­man called upon train­ing in­sti­tutes to join hands with GJSCI to­wards im­part­ing skilling as an as­sess­ment agency or train­ing part­ner as all the cur­ricu­lum and qual­i­fi­ca­tion packs are aligned to NSQF lev­els based on in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Kothari in­sisted that soft skills, too, play an im­por­tant role in skilling and work­ers should be im­parted the 4Cs – namely, they should be co­op­er­a­tive, cour­te­ous, con­fi­dent and com­mit­ted. He be­lieves that this will im­prove their com­pany man­age­ment skills and help them in be­com­ing suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs of to­mor­row.

Ac­cord­ing to Kothari, the in­dus­try has to be open to train­ing its work­force, even if it means an in­crease in cost to com­pany. In the long run, it will ben­e­fit both the man­u­fac­turer and the skilled work­force to im­prove qual­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity, thus re­sult­ing in sus­tain­able growth.

“Soft skills, too, play an im­por­tant role in skilling and work­ers should be im­parted the 4Cs – namely, they should be co­op­er­a­tive, cour­te­ous, con­fi­dent and com­mit­ted. Kothari be­lieves that this will im­prove their com­pany man­age­ment skills and help them in be­com­ing suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs of to­mor­row.”

(From left) Re­tail man­age­ment ex­pert Dr. Gib­son Vedamani, GJSCI chair­man San­jay Kothari, GJC di­rec­tor of fi­nance Manoj Jha, and GJSCI ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and CEO Ra­jeev Garg, field­ing ques­tions at the event.

GJSCI chair­man San­jay Kothari ad­dress­ing the press meet.

Ra­jeev Garg, CEO and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, elab­o­rates on the way for­ward.

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