In the beginning, the Udupi facility will have only the first level of training.South Indians usually use superior quality diamonds in jewellery making.
The primary objective of GJEPC in setting up IIGJ is to promote Indian gems and jewellery abroad, thereby enhancing exports from India along-with the 'Made in India' brand image.
Udupi: To make India a preferred source for quality gems and jewellery, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC), Mumbai, under the Union ministry of commerce is setting up Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ) at Udupi.After Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi, the coastal city will get the fifth IIGJ of the country and first in south India.
Through such skill centre, GJEPC aims to popularize less quality diamonds in this part of the country.
However, there are not many skilled artisans in this trade and that's why the centre is being set up at Udupi.