For the first time a Sri Lankan Institute provides training for Foreigners in Gem Cutting and Polishing.
As a result of the M.O.U signed between Pakistan and Sri Lanka , to provide assistance to develop Gem and Jewellery Industry in Pakistan the first batch of 19 trainees arrived in Sri Lanka in January 2008. They completed a two month training programme from the Gem and Jewellery Institute (GJI), Sri Lanka . The certificate awarding ceremony was held recently at GJI for which the chairman NGJA Mr Hasitha Tillekeratne attended as the Chief Guest. The ceremony was graced by an elite crowd representing both the Gem and Jewellery Sector in Sri Lanka and The High Commission of Pakistan.
This occasion marked a milestone in the history of Sri Lankan Lapidary education . For the first time a group of students (19) from Pakistan has undergone a training in Gem Cutting and Polishing in a Sri Lankan Institute , which is an outcome of the M.O.U. between the two countries , Pakistan and Sri Lanka for cooperation in the Gem and Jewellery Sector.
The group comprised of 10 students from Northern areas of Pakistan , 8 from Kashmir and 1 from Punjab. The students were a blende of first timers, gem miners, lapidary owners and trainers (at KADO Gem Cutting Center-a project to empower women in Karimabad, Hunza, Pakistan). All the students acknowledged that the training offered at GJI was of High Quality . Even the two trainers who underwent the course admitted that they had a lot to learn during the two months period and were quite confident that they will be able to share their knowledge with their students once they go back to Pakistan
Reproduced with kind permission from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority