Sericulture is the art and technology of raising silk worms for production of raw silk yarn. This agro based industry is not limited to just worms, but includes all activities related to them, like mulberry cultivation and even post-cocoon technology. It requires both technical know-how and as well as specialization.

Today China and Japan are two main producers of silk yarn, together producing over 50% of total world production each year.

Educational Institutions

Sericulture is quite popular in southern India and is now available as course option in Northern India too.

  • Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Mysore
  • College of Agriculture, Bangalore
  • Shivaji University, Kolhapur
  • Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu


  • Undergraduate courses: 10+2 with science
  • Postgraduate courses: Bachelor's degree in agriculture, sericulture or any agricultural field

Course Duration

  • Undergraduate courses: 4 years
  • Postgraduate courses: 2 years




Sericulture offers career opportunity in Govt. research centers, Silk boards, private textile firm.

Professionals who undergo proper training can earn starting salaries are as high as Rs 15000/- per month in public sector and even higher in private sector and NGOs.

Current Employment Opportunities


One should be a graduate from a recognized Indian University (preferably in marketing coupled with knowledge like apparel manufacturing, shoe and leather goods, designing, product packaging which will be an added advantage). One should be good at handling computers and should have sound knowledge of accounting and inventory management. People with academic background of fashion technology, marketing, finance management, supply chain management, HR, customer service and advertising also have good prospects in this industry. For some specific posts like supervisors one needs to have a Postgraduate Degree/Diploma in Retail Management from a recognized Indian University.

Past Employment Opportunities

  • Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences And Technology - Jammu
  • Maya Organic
  • Nagarjuna Agro Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
  • Bundelkhand University, Jhansi
  • ELAND International