The department of Jewellery Design and Gemological Sciences arranged a fifteen days study tour to Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, in basic gems cutting and lapidary. Sixteen students from Semester 4 and 6, along with one faculty member and a lab supervisor, Amina Rizwan and Humayun Iqbal were selected for the trip.
The training course held at Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute, Ratnapura, the gems capital of Sri Lanka, known for its advance gems cutting expertise and research centers, precious stones mining and industrially established gemstone cutting and faceting factories.
The two weeks course centered on introducing relevant tools for preforming, cutting, faceting and polishing a single stone, Quartz, which further led to acquiring and perfecting technical skill in four core types of cuts: Round Brilliant, Oval Brilliant, Emerald Cut and Cabochon. The second week was utilized for a visit to mines and gems cutting factory, Gems Museums and exploring local colored gemstones markets.