Imitation silver and stone ornaments handcrafted by disabled students

Mysore, May 27 (MTY&KMC)- The exhibition of imitation jewellery created by the physically challenged students of JSS Polytechnic for the Physically Handicapped drew considerable number of visitors, mostly jewellers from the city and outside.

The two-day exhibition at the auditorium in SJCE campus in city was inaugurated by Kathrin Schoenke, a jewellery designing expert from Tanishq Jewellers this morning.

The silver ornaments studded with brightly coloured artificial stones have been painstakingly handcrafted by the 23 final year diploma students of the Polytechnic.

The students, as part of the practicals of the course, are given 16 weeks’ time to make a design drawing, get it approved by their Department Head and then submit the crafted jewellery as their final project.

Silver ornaments like necklaces, ear-hangings, bracelets, nose-drops, rings, tiaras and other kinds of traditional jewellery having artificial stones of ruby red, emerald green, pearl white, light pink and yellow were on display at the exhibition.

Principal Nanjundaswamy said that designing experts from reputed jewellery companies from all over India visit the exhibition and they not only select the designs created by the students but also make job offers to them in their companies.

Head of the Department of Jewellery Designing and Technology, Sridhar Kumar, said that the cost of the imitation jewellery ranged from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 10,000 or more depending upon the materials used. However, none of the exhibits were for sale.

This is the first polytechnic college of its kind in the country that offers professional education for the physically challenged at Diploma level. It was started under the World Bank Assistance Scheme of the Karnataka Government.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore