The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery, Mumbai, an initiative of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), held its 16th Convocation Ceremony to recognize and honor the accomplishments of 36 graduating students who completed the rigorous 3-year B.A. in Gems & Jewellery program.
The distinguished group of graduates were awarded with certificates and trophies by Chief Guest Somasundaram PR, Regional CEO of the World Gold Council. Milan Chokshi, Chairman of IIGJ, Leena Amin, National Training Manager of De Beers Forevermark, Debasish Biswas, Chief Executive Officer of IIGJ, and Bharat Vaswani, Head of Institute, IIGJ Mumbai, accompanied him on the dais.
Lucky Choudhari was named Best Student in the Batch in recognition of his remarkable academic performance, while Diya Rathod was named 1st Runner Up and Shreya Pawar was named 2nd Runner Up.
Somasundaram PR congratulated IIGJ on the occasion and encouraged students to take advantage of the numerous prospects in the gem and jewelry business. He took a global view, emphasizing gold’s lasting attractiveness as an investment not only in India and China, but also in countries such as Germany. When discussing the evolution from the days of the Gold Control Act to the present, he emphasized the need of leveraging India’s concentration on technology, education, and skills.
Somasundaram challenged students to be creative by designing smart jewelry that combines intelligent design with health advantages and tracking features. He emphasized that India should be a jeweler to the world, displaying its talents in both home and foreign markets.
Milan Chokshi gave important advise, “Ensure that whatever you create or whatever business you embark on bears your distinctive signature.” In an industry rife with homogeneity and unoriginal items, aim to create something truly unique. I encourage you to stay involved with the institute, stay in touch with the professors, and help future students in any way you can. Your donations will significantly benefit the industry.”
Debasish Biswas encouraged the graduates to be proud of the institute where they spent their formative years during his speech. He also recommended students to have a sponge-like personality throughout their first years in the job, allowing them to absorb knowledge while maintaining a steep learning curve.
Leena Amin congratulated the graduates and emphasized the importance of the “3 Ps.” She stated that designers must have a strong love for their work, have a personal identity in terms of design identification, and take pride in their work.
“We are overjoyed that you have graduated after three years of a fantastic journey.” In his thank you card, Bharat Vaswani remarked, “Now is the time to believe in yourself and promote Brand India.” “Compete against yourself, and know that we believe in you.” You will surely make us proud in your respective fields.”