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Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Certificate in Sericulture (CIS)

Minimum Duration: 6 Months
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 4,200
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


  • 10th pass out or
  • Non-10th pass-out having 2 years’ experience in the field of Sericulture.
The experience certificate should be from the extension officials of the Department of Sericulture/Agriculture/Extension/ Recognized NGOs/Industry

Programme overview
India occupies second position among the silk producing countries in the world besides being the largest silk consumer.  The limited coverage is being made by the Central Silk Board (CSB) under the educational and training component for the farmers, entrepreneurs and technicians through its institutional network. CSB and IGNOU aim to impart scientific & entrepreneurial principles to the farmers and technicians involved in mulberry cultivation and silkworm production through ODL. 
The objective is to strengthen human resource for the sericulture through the interventions of ODL. It aims to infuse knowledge and skills in the field of sericulture to the interested particularly those already employed in the profession/entrepreneurs and cannot opt to afford a full time course. The specific objectives are to:
  • prepare the rural youth/farmers for accepting sericulture as profit making enterprise;
  • impart knowledge and technical skills in various aspects of Sericulture; and
  • create awareness about the opportunities and employment in Sericulture.
Course Code
Title of the Course
Introduction to Sericulture
2 (2+0)
Host Plant Cultivation
6 (2+4)
Silkworm Rearing
6 (2+4)
Crop Protection
2 (2+0)


(Numbers in brackets indicate number of credits of theory and practical, respectively)