In­dia to of­fer Zim jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing schol­ar­ships

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THE In­dian In­sti­tute of Gems and Jew­ellery (IIGJ) in Jaipur has made a com­mit­ment to help Zim­babwe ac­quire skills in jew­ellery de­sign­ing and has pro­posed to of­fer schol­ar­ships to Zim­bab­wean stu­dents with an in­ter­est in jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing.

IIGJ is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and a project of the Gem and Jew­ellery Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil In­dia (GJEPC). The en­tity is the only in­sti­tute in In­dia that of­fers ed­u­ca­tion in all the do­mains of jew­ellery man­u­fac­ture. It of­fers 11 cour­ses in­clud­ing a PhD in Gem and Jew­ellery Sec­tor, Master of Arts in in Gem and Jew­ellery Stud­ies, Bach­e­lor of Arts in Gem and Jew­ellery Tech­nol­ogy Phase and a Diploma in Gem and Jew­ellery Tech­nol­ogy.

The chair­per­son of GJEPC In­dia, Mr Pramod Agrawal told the Deputy Min­is­ter of In­dus­try and Com­merce, Raji Modi, on Sun­day in Jaipur that In­dia does not only want to ex­tract raw pre­cious stones from Zim­babwe but would like to see Zim­babwe be­ing able to add value to it’s gems.

“I am aware that you al­ready have a jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try but it is not at the level that sees you make rea­son­able money from it. Un­like oth­ers who do not want to see you (Zim­babwe) de­velop, In­dia wants to have a win-win sit­u­a­tion with Zim­babwe.

“We can­not come to your coun­try and take your min­er­als and leave you with noth­ing. We can­not get ev­ery­thing and leave you hun­gry. There­fore, I am propos­ing that we give schol­ar­ships to Zim­bab­weans in­ter­ested in jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“We will ob­vi­ously have to work on the modal­i­ties of how we can do it but the de­sire (to help Zim­babwe) on our side is real,” said Agrawal who is also chair and di­rec­tor of Dere­wala World Jew­ellery, In­dia’s largest man­u­fac­turer of jew­ellery.

He said IIGJ could equip Zim­babwe with the right skills for jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“I un­der­stand that Zim­babwe is able to cast jew­ellery but it lacks the fi­nal fin­ish­ing skills to make your jew­ellery com­pete in the world mar­ket.

“In­dian In­sti­tute of Gems and Jew­ellery, Jaipur of­fers cour­ses in that. You are aware that Jaipur is the world cap­i­tal of jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing, so you are in the right place,” Mr Agrawal said.

Jew­ellery cast­ing is the process of mak­ing jew­ellery pieces that in­volve pour­ing liq­uid metal al­loy into a mould. It is usu­ally re­ferred to as lost-wax cast­ing be­cause the cast­ing mould is cre­ated us­ing a wax model that is melted away to leave a hol­low cham­ber in the mid­dle of the mould. The tech­nique has been used for thou­sands of years, and is still widely used to­day by both master crafts­men and home crafters to make pre­cise re­pro­duc­tions of orig­i­nal jew­ellery pieces.

Jew­ellery fin­ish­ing is the process in which the sur­face of a piece is cleaned or pol­ished or tex­tured. Fin­ish­ing is the fi­nal step of the jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing process and usu­ally all jew­ellery items re­quire fin­ish­ing. Fin­ish­ing is an es­sen­tial part of a jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing process as it gives beauty and bril­liance to a jew­ellery piece.

In re­sponse, Deputy Min­is­ter Modi told Mr Agrawal that Zim­babwe had al­ready em­barked on a min­eral ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion pro­gramme af­ter re­al­is­ing that it could greatly help de­velop the coun­try.

“While we re­alise that we can­not keep all min­er­als for our­selves, we made a de­ci­sion to add value to our min­er­als.

“We will ob­vi­ously ex­port a cer­tain per­cent­age of raw ma­te­ri­als in raw form but we also want to be in­volved in jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing in a big way so we are grate­ful that you are con­sid­er­ing giv­ing us the skills to com­pote in the gem and jew­ellery in­ter­na­tional mar­ket,” said the Bu­l­awayo South Na­tional As­sem­bly rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness and you are most wel­come to do busi­ness with us and as you said the busi­ness should be a win-win sit­u­a­tion.

“All sides should be happy af­ter ev­ery busi­ness trans­ac­tion we make. We are happy that In­dia is gen­uinely in­ter­ested to help re­build our coun­try. You will not re­gret do­ing busi­ness with us.”

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