JALUKBARI, Dec 14 - The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati, on Saturday launched a training programme on jewellery making and gemstone processing at the incubator of the IIE campus.
The programme will tentatively be of three to six months� duration.
The IIE is conducting this programme in view of the remarkable scope of promoting gems and jewellery in the North East and the need for continuous professional support to local entrepreneurs and artisans.
The incubator at IIE has evolved over the years through infusion of new technologies like investment casting, chemical etching, macram� technique, mechanisation and enamelling. It is experimenting with cheaper materials like copper and wood to produce cheaper and affordable jewellery.
A new line of products has been developed for tourism and gift industry using local motifs like rhino, orchid, ferns, royal symbols, etc, to create a range of products like decorative items, tiepins, brooch pins, pen stand, toothpick stand, etc, so that the market can be tapped.
The IIE guides the passed-out trainees in setting up ventures and startups. Almost all previous trainees are doing well in the field.
In the inaugural of the training programme, Manoj K Das, Director, IIE, welcomed the participants and urged them to utilise the skills acquired in fulfilling their dreams.
WR Singh, associate faculty member and course in-charge, highlighted the genesis and growth of the gems and jewellery development centre at IIE and spoke about the main motive behind the establishment of such a centre, which is to generate self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The centre was set up in 2005 at the Institute�s campus with financial support received from the Ministry of MSME, Govt of India. It is the only centre in the entire North East where such facilities are available with incubation and mentor support. He also laid emphasis on successful attainment of the goals of the training, which will help the participants enhance and upgrade their skills and generate sustainable employment.
Maushumi Saikia Kalita, a former trainee and now a successful entrepreneur, narrated her journey and support she had received from IIE in realising her dreams.