HANDING / TAKING OVER CEREMONY OF CHAIRMAN, IDI
Chairman of IDI
Shri Aagam C. Sanghavi
It was 10th February 2010 when a letter of appointment for 6 members nominated by Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) as the Governing Body members of IDI was received from Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
They are :
Shri Vasant Mehta, Shri Rajiv Jain, Shri Aagam Sanghavi, Shri Chandrakant R. Sanghavi, Shri Pankaj Parikh and Shri Govindbhai Dholakia.
Also, an approval from Government was conveyed to the institute for Mr. Aagam C. Sanghavi to be the Chairman of IDI w.e.f 10th February 2010.
While introducing Shri Aagam Sanghavi as the incoming Chairman, Shri K.K. Sharma, Executive Director gave his educational & professional background as also challenges & the opportunities before the institute, such as the City Centre at Vesu to be commissioned very soon and IDI being selected by Government of Gujarat as an Anchor meant to disseminate jewellery making technology, in whole of the Gujarat state, etc. He also apprised Shri Sanghavi of a new project, in all likely to come to IDI from Government of India, opening an African Diamond Institute in one of the African countries such as Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, etc.
A press conference was organized to mark the handling / taking over ceremony on 11th February at IDI- conference room, during which Shri Aagam gave his visions for the new upcoming City Centre of IDI as also for IDI as a whole, particularly in the areas of certification of diamonds, gemstones & jewellery. He stressed on popularizing the reports / certificates issued by IDI-Gem Testing Lab and also on how City Centre could be well raised so as to make it the world’s best learing centre in the field of Jewellery Design & Manufacture. While thanking the press he sought their support in highlighting the features & activities of IDI, as the institute really deserved it for being the Best today in the field from infrastructure point of view and its capability to handle education & training activities very satisfactorily as well as take on future challenges. In fact, he anticipated the benefits to come to industry from IDI more increasingly.
Shri Chandrakant Sanghavi, the outgoing Chairman wished the institute all its best, also the incumbent Chairman best of luck in his tenure saying that he had all the more confidence in Aagam. He further added that he would bring about new concepts, new ideas and all that, are needed for the Gems & Jewellery Industry today. Finally, both, the immediate Past & the Present Chairman were given warm receptions by the institute & staff for the best of services already rendered by Shri C.R. Sanghavi as Chairman of IDI for more than 12 years & to Shri Aagam Sanghavi, best wishes on the occasion of taking over as Chairman of IDI.
Shri Sharma, Executive Director appreciated in particular the immediate Past President, Shri C.R. Sanghavi for his best of support and guidance in his long tenure. He also expressed all the hopes from the new Chairman, in building up the image of IDI, in time to come.
Shri Govindbhai Dholakia, one of the governing body members was also present during the function & graced the occasion very heartily.
In all 200 students, including gold medalists to 13 meritorious students, were awarded Diploma certificates at the 31st annual convocation-cum-foundation day of the Indian Diamond Institute, held at IDI auditorium in Surat. Speaking at the function yesterday, Chairman of the IDI Chandrakant Sanghavi praised the college for providing education matching to international requirements. He asked students to mix technology with knowledge received if they wanted to excel in future.
'''Surat has emerged as a potential market for diamond jewellery and so a City Centre will be developed by the IDI in a 40,000 sq ft of built up campus at a Vesu at cost of Rs 12 crores. The center will have world-class teaching services about gem grading and education of gems and jewellery as a whole. The IDI also wants to expand its educational & Laboratory services activities at Ahmedabad and Delhi,'' Mr Sanghavi added.
Chairman of Sanghavi Export International Pvt. Ltd., Shri Vasant Sanghavi who was also the Chief Guest of the function said, ''To educate more and more people about gems, a special five-day course named Jewellery Professional Programme (JPP) may be started by the IDI in coming days, to which, Mr. K.K. Sharma, Executive Director acknowledged positively before the function got concluded.
The course will be such that any jeweller or trader would easily grasp it and it will be organized even for a group of jewellers at any given place. If the group is of 15-20 people, the course can be offered anywhere in the country.
To exhibit the ability of the IDI students, a jewellery fashion show, Golden Trendz, was organised in the college. Models ramped in the show wearing designs prepared by the students ranging from silver, gold to pearls. The show was divided in four parts EXOTICA, VIBRANT, MENZO, SANSKRITI to showcase modern as well as traditional designs.
Though 200 students were awarded certificates, a handful of them decided for a job, while most of them, aspired to become entrepreneurs. This was primarily because, very few students have been offered jobs by the diamond companies due to the recession.
Others renowned figures present in the function were Shri C.P. Vanani, President, Surat Diamond Association, Shri Kirtibhai Shah, a Corporator from Surat Municipal Corporation, Shri Janak Mistry from Lexus Machine, Shri C.D. Kaushik, Ex. P.F Commissioner, Shri Deepakbhai Choksi from D. Khusaldas Jewellers.
INDIAN DIAMOND INSTITUTE (IDI), SURAT
IS APPROVED BY ALL INDIA
COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION (AICTE), GOVT. OF INDIA AND
DIRECTORATE OF HIGHER TECHNICAL EDUCATION, GUJARAT STATE
FOR ITS 3 YEAR
DIPLOMA COURSE IN DIAMOND, GEMS & JEWELLERY DESIGN AND
Indian Diamond Institute (IDI), Surat was set up in 1978 jointly
by Government of India, Government of Gujarat & GJEPC. It has
been always active in training professionals for varied needs
for Gems & Jewellery Trade & Industry and within a span of 30
years, IDI has made available more than 30,000 trained
professionals through its various Diploma & Certificate courses
related to Diamond, Gems & Jewellery.. It has also been
responsible for training many Jewellers, all over country
through its special tailor-made programme named Out Bound
Training programme (OTP). More than 3000 Jewellers have been
trained by now Diamond Grading & Gemstone Identification, which
is a matter of great pride for IDI.
IDI has also an Assaying & Hall Marking Center (AHMC) duly
recognised by Bureau of Indian Standard( BIS). Its Diamond & Gem
Testing Laboratory is the most advance lab in the country
accredited by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India
also the only lab to have ISO 9001:2000 certified stature
amongst the Indian labs in the field.
However, the most coveted programme of the institute is its
multi-semester (6 Semesters) Diploma course in Diamond, Gems &
Jewellery Design & Manufacture that started long back in June,
2000. This programme has been designed with the aim of
developing jewellery designer/ Jewellery Product Controllers
with Jewellery Designing concept both, manual as well as
computer aided, 2-dimensional & 3-dimensional and also technical
drawing, properties of precious metals. Candidates go through
intensive practical training in hand made & cast jewellery
manufacturing techniques, metal work & fabrication, stone
setting, Jewellery chain making & Bangle Making, finishing,
enameling, jewellery repairing, metal refining. They are also
given knowledge of polished diamond grading, colour gemstone
identification, industrial engineering and import-export
procedures apart from live projects, seminars workshops and
assignments on business study & market research. A trained
person can work as an independent consultant or secure a job
with jewellery manufactures/traders.
With a view to gain All India recognition for this course, the
Institute had applied last year in 2007 for the approval of the
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It is
heartening to mention that Indian Diamond Institute, Surat has
been duly granted approval by AICTE, and also simultaneously by
the Directorate of Higher Technical Education, Gujarat State for
conducting its Diploma course in Diamond Gems & Jewellery Design
Geared up with this qualification IDI, Surat will function with
added vigour to keep its promises to the youths, especially
women and the jewellery industry to provide with much need
professional work force to take our country to the higher levels
of growth, in this ever growing and one of the highest
export-oriented industry of our country.
Three new &
innovative programmes are being started at IDI from April 2009,
aimed at directly enabling learners in a preferred area to get
specialized & pass on to the Gem & Jewellery Industry. This, we
may deem it as a tool for Technical transfer. These programmes
Accredited Diamond Grading Laboratory Professional
Certified Diamond Grader (CDG)
Refresher Course on Gem Stone Identification
Advance Refresher Course on Diamond Grading
Basic Refresher course on Diamond Grading
These area actually meant
for those who have already gained sufficient experience in a
given field / area. Nevertheless, freshers may also join within
some orientation at IDI.
However, in the today's scenario, even the experienced lots also
needed to be updated with the latest inputs helpful in the daily
IDI has timely sensed the
call of the day & accordingly, its training planners have come
out with new designs in respect of course contents & training
The prospective takers
could be the jewellers, consultants, traders and diamond graders
working in diamond export offices in India & overseas & the
gemmologists who are half way in their professional approach.