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MOU signed with The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), Bangkok, Thailand


CSIR-Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar, India and The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), Bangkok, Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding on 26th November, 2013 for cooperation in the area of gemstone characterization and processing. While Prof. B. K. Mishra, Director, signed the MOU on behalf of CSIR-IMMT, Dr. (Ms.) Pornsawat Wathankul, Director, signed on behalf of GIT, Bangkok. Dr. Chavalit Rojjanaprapayon, Deputy Consul-General (Commercial), Govt. of Thailand, located at Chennai, India, attended the MOU signing function along with the four member team from GIT and the scientists and staff of IMMT.

GIT is a leading institution not only of Asia but also of the world. It has made excellent contribution in the field of gem and gemstone characterization, evaluation and certification. It maintains world class research facility in gem and jewelry and houses an impressive repository of colour gemstones, diamond and pearl collected from all around the globe. GIT is a public organization, under the aegis Govt. of Thailand, promotes gem and jewelry development and technically supports processed gem export from Thailand to western countries like USA, Germany, UK, etc.

IMMT is fairly a new player in the field of gemstone research. The institute has taken up a supra institutional project entitled ‘Processing of natural gemstones for aesthetic improvement and value addition’ during the 12th Five Year plan period (2012-2017). The main objective of the project veers around utilization of the low grade coloured gemstones of Odisha region and improve their aesthetic quality by adopting modern process technologies (heat and laser treatment, ion implantation, irradiation, etc.) so that they become marketable. A significant value addition would take place to the inferior quality raw/natural gemstones available in the western districts of Odisha. Thus, the success of the project could help towards socio-economic impact in the tribal regions of the state.

As a symbol of commonality of interest, the MOU between IMMT and GIT aims to rope in strength of each institute in the pursuit of future R&D programmes. Cooperation between the two institutes envisages exchange of researchers, exchange of information and publication in research, implementation of cooperative research, maintenance of confidentiality of information and proposing specific research project for joint investigation. The memorandum remains effective for two years from the date of signing.

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