Kolkata: Gem& Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI)’s Recognition of Prior Learning(RPL) program for goldsmiths launched at Kolkata last month at EduJobs Academy received an overwhelming response from the Goldsmiths, where the first batch of 125 Artisans finished the RPL assessment. The certificate dissemination ceremonywas held at EduJobs Academy where Guest of HonourMr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Government of Indiafelicitated the artisans with certificates in the esteemed presence of Mr. Binit Bhatt, C.E.O, GJSCI and Mr. PrashantPachisia- CEO,Edujobs. The event marked as yet another successful milestone of GJSCI’s relentless efforts.
GJSCI has been consistently contributing towards Hon. Prime Minister NarendraModi’s Skill India program and has been taking several measures and steps to nurture the 3.5 million skilled yet uncertified labourforce of the gems and jewellery industry. The RPL certificate will help candidates to identify their inherited skills and get certified for the same which will equip them to get better and more stable jobs and avail of entrepreneurship opportunities.Need of the hour is to bring a change in an artisan’s life to ensure that they are retained in the industry as with them will also die several Indian jewellery making styles and techniques.
The felicitation was followed by the announcement of Swarn Katha, which will publish success stories of 100s of Swarnakarigars; along with that an initiative to connect the artisans to the digital world named DigiKarigars was also launched. Theartisans will be provided with Youtube Channel for the RPL Project, alongwithEmail Accounts for all artisans, Facebook Page for the Organisation – ABSS;NDLM certification Linkage &Self-Learning Modules for artisans.
Mr.Rajiv Pratap Rudy,Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, quotes, ‘Digitalization and Skilling are the two important pillars for a brighter future of India. Today, I am glad to see that both of our visions have taken yet another step to reality with GJSCI’s RPL Programme of Goldsmiths that EduJobs Academy has executed. This will empower the artisans of Kolkata and boost entrepreneurship.’
Mr.Binit Bhatt, C.E.O, GJSCI, quoted, ‘With Gems and Jewellery Sector growing from leaps and bounds, the industry requires more skilled and expertise talent who can take the industry to the next level. Keeping this in mind, we came up with the idea of RPL program and receiving such good response from Kolkata, which is one of the largest jewellery hubs is quiet a motivation for us as a team.’
Binit Bhatt, Chief Executive Officer, Gem& Jewellery Council of India (GJSCI), brings with him more than 26 years of industry experience. An MBA (Marketing) by qualification, Binit also holds a GG & FJC certificate from GIA.
During his time in the industry, he has excelled in various roles in the including 4 years in New York with a leading exporter. However, his natural inclination towards gems and jewellery and passion to empower people has made him take up the current assignment with GJSCI. Binit joined GJSCI in the year 2015 and since then has been managing the operations for GJSCI on pan India level. All GJSCI initiatives under his leadership have been aiming at creating skilled labour force for the industry as well as upgrade the standard of living of an average artisan.
In addition to his role at GJSCI Binit loves his stint as a corporate trainer FOR ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and was a visiting faculty at IIGJ based in Mumbai.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
The Recognition of Prior Learning programme identifies previous learnings, often experiential and recognises the talent towards gaining a qualification. Jewellery manufacturing organisations employing artisans experienced through non-formal learning channels can opt to get their employees certified as per national standards and understand their skillsets in order to build on what they have learnt. There are mainly two types of RPL viz. Scheme & Non-Scheme, both are almost similar, the only difference is that RPL under Scheme offers reward money on being assessed and successfully certified and Non-Scheme doesn’t.