Certificate in Sericulture (CIS)

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)
CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 BLP-001  Introduction to Sericulture  2
 BLPI-002  Host Plant Cultivation  6
 BLPI-003  Silkworm Rearing  6
 BLP-004  Crop Protection  2
Fee Concession:
The fee concession is available to the following category of students:
  • All the candidates from the rural areas shall be entitled for 50% fee concession subject to the production of domicile certificates.
  • The urban students below poverty line may also be given 50% fee concession subject to production of income certificate
Medium of Instruction:
  • English
  • Hindi
 Target Group:
  • Rural youth
  • Skilled/semi-skilled workers working in sericulture
  • Personnel working in States Dept. of sericulture, CSB, NGOs
  • Farmers/entrepreneurs involved in mulberry cultivation and silkworm rearing
 Job Opportunities:
Self-entrepreneurship in egg production, reeling and weaving units, placements at corporate sericulture offices, entrepreneurs engaged in production of sericulture related products, large scale farmers under state and central development projects and schemes, State Department of Sericulture, marketing division of sericulture products, textile industries etc., laboratory assistant and placements in grainures, sales counters, reelers, weavers and quality assessment centres.
Counselling sessions:
The programme has practical component and equal weightage has been given to theory and practical components. The participation in the practical session is an integral part of the programme. 75% attendance in the practical counselling session is compulsory to appear in the practical examinations. The counselling sessions are held at the study centres (usually during weekends) according to the schedule drawn by the programme-in-charge. The details of the study centre can be obtained from the IGNOU website or concerned regional centres.
Additional Information:
The additional information about the programme and the admission details are available at IGNOU website – www.ignou.ac.in and our Regional Centres. Additional information about this programme may also be obtained from School of Agriculture.
For further information, kindly contact:


Dr. P. Vijayakumar,
Programme Coordinator,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29573092
The Director,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29533167
Tele Fax: +91-011-29533167


Regional Centres: