The Indian Diamond Institute selected Samir Joshi as its executive director, following approval by the ministry of commerce. The Times of India reported that Joshi, 39, is the youngest to hold this position so far and he is a mechanical engineer by trade, a professional in gemology and a certified diamond grader.
Joshi told the Times of India that his first priority as director was to see that the India-Africa diamond institute project in Botswana is developed and implemented successfully. ”We are expecting the funds for the construction of diamond institute to get released by January 2012. The institute will come up by 2013,” he was quoted saying. Joshi also wants to rigorously pursue diamond certification training to develop and serve industry clients with speed and excellence.
Additionally, he is eager to introduce more diamond jewelry courses and monthly competitions for designs.