One such institute offering a diploma in jewellery design and technology is the department of jewellery design and technology at the city’s JSS Polytechnic for the physically handicapped.
Since academic year 2000-2001, the JSS Mahavidyapeetha has introduced a unique academic programme in accessories designing in the city, with a view to develop professionals in the arena, to meet the needs of the ornaments industry today. The course is a three-year diploma in accessory designing, open to all candidates including the physically challenged.
Claiming it is the first polytechnic in India to offer a three-year duration diploma course in jewelry designing and technology, polytechnic principal Nanjundaswamy said, “JSS Mahavidyapeetha with the support of World Gold Council, an international non profit organization involved in jewellery production technology promotional activities started this three year programme that covers the areas of jewellery designing and manufacturing in depth. The course helps students learn and upgrade their skills, as per the needs of the latest technical developments in the industry.”
What makes the course unique is that it is open for all including the physically challenged, with a minimum qualification of SSLC, the principal says. “The course is open to all those with creative skills and an interest in the field of designing. The students will also get to learn all the latest technologies in the field, which would prove helpful to them once they jump into the industry.
At the end of the programme, JSS University certifies the students.
“Here, the students get to learn some of the latest technologies in the area, even as they make jewellery in the laboratories on their own. They make a variety of jewellery which they can keep for themselves as they invest on the materials.” To provide better exposure to the students, the department also organizes a three-day expo of their works, at the end of third year. Said Nanjundaswamy says, “In final year, the students get to display their hand-made jewellery to the public at an expo at the institute. The expo has received an excellent response all these years. Some visitors also express interest in purchasing the ornaments.”
The institute organizes campus interviews to help students get placed in distinguished companies by the end of their academic programme. “Every year, noted jewellery manufacturers come down to the institute to select designers for their units. So far, some of the best of manufacturers have visited the institute and selected students for their companies,” Nanjundaswamy says, adding, “As this programme requires no academic qualification but only creative skills, it feels wonderful when our students, especially the physically challenged get placed in noted jewellery manufacturing units.”
The department of jewellery design and technology was started by the JSS Mahavidyapeetha in the year 2000-01 with an objective to meet the needs of industry, by producing dexterous designers who could compete well in the field of jewellery designing and manufacturing.
The institute is conducting the three-year diploma with the support of World Gold Council – an international non-profit organization involved in jewelry production technology promotional activities.
FEE STRUCTURE AND ELIGIBILITY:
The three-year programme is offered at a fee or Rs 10,000 per year for students from Karnataka and at Rs 15,000 for non-Karnataka students.
The programme is open for all candidates including special persons, having passed SSLC or an equivalent examination.
OTHER SHORT-TERM COURSES:
Jewellery making technology (one year)
Stone setting (one year)
Casting technology (one month)
Refining and assaying (one and half months)
Gemology – gem stone identification (three months)
Jewellery designing (three months)
However, the short-term courses are open only for artisans but the students are certified by the ministry of textiles at the end of the program.
SOME INSTITUTES OFFERING JEWELLERY DESIGN COURSES:
Manipal University (Bachelor in jewellery management)
JSS Academy of Technical Education Advanced jewellery designing Centre, Bangalore (short term courses in jewellery design)
Students having pursued an academic programme in jewellery design can enjoy good employment opportunities. They are often employed by the jewelry manufactures and merchants. At the JSS institute, candidates are selected for jobs through campus interviews by distinguished jewellery manufacturers. Says institute principal Nanjundaswamy, “For the diploma students of the course getting a job is no difficulty. Their skills will definitely place them in good positions. Our students are placed at the best jewellery showrooms now.”