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Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute

Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute
Berhampore, Murshidabad

Established : 1943
Type : Co-Education
President : --
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : --
Former Name : CSR&TI
Location : Berhampore, Murshidabad
Affiliation(s) : University of Kalyani
Category : Postgraduate
Accreditation / Recognition : --
Department(s) : Post Graduate Diploma in Sericulture, ISDS, FFS & Orientation training programme
Admission Information
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Structured Course

Post Graduate Diploma in Sericulture (PGDS)


To generate a steady stream of professionally competent Post-graduates for meeting out the manpower requirement of sericulture industry at various levels.

About the course:

The course commences from 1st July every year and is conducted in semester scheme that completed by two semesters. The course is open to the Bio-science Graduates from the recognized Universities.


The training will be for a period of 15-months including 3-months intensive Practical Training (IPT)/Dissertation/Project work.

Course Content:

Introductory Sericulture, Mulberry Cultivation, Mulberry & Silkworm crop protection, Mulberry physiology, Mulberry & Silkworm Breeding and Genetics, Silkworm Anatomy & Physiology, Silkworm seed production, Rearing and Post Cocoon Technologies, Extension Management, Economics & Statistics, Hands on Computer and Marketing.

Non-Structured Course

Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS)

The Textile sector currently contributes about 14% to industrial production, 4% to GDP and 17% to the country's export earnings. Te textile sector provides direct employment to over 35 million people in India. Thus the growth of this industry has an overall bearing on the nation's economy. Keeping in mind the need to upgrade the skills of textile workers, to develop competitiveness in the textile industry and to increase employability, the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India has launched Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) wherein Central Silk Board has been included as an implementing agency.


To train and motivate rural/semi-urban youth/women for developing employable skill in them to start sericulture based enterprise.

To empower the rural youth/ women with entrepreneurial and management skill.

To address the shortage of trained manpower and to tap the huge employment potential.

About the course:

The above course envisages to train youth/ women in the following fields,

  • Mulberry cultivation,
    Commercial silkworm rearing,
    Cocoon handicrafts,
    Cocoon reeling and spinning and
    Skill updating of extension agents.

The trainees will be identified and selected through interview in consultation with help of local government bodies. The programme is free of cost and free boarding and lodging will be provided to the selected trainees. They will also be paid their actual travel expenses and also wage compensation during the training period.

Duration: The duration of each programme will be 15 days

Training programmes under Farmers' Field School (FFS)

Farmers Field School is a non formal education imparted to farmer wherein a situation for field oriented, discovery based learning is created. It is a farmer's participatory approach learning process. Farmers' field school is a season long training programme to impart training to the farmer throughout the season.

Farmers' Field School recognizes the farmer's knowledge and valuable experiences. It is field oriented and farmer centered programme and learning is by doing. Farmers empowerment is by discovery based learning and it provides a participatory approach. A lead farmer is identified under each school who has the overall responsibility for conducting the training programmes. CSR & TI, Berhampore has established 14 Farmers field school, one each under each REC.

Orientation training programme for scientists/ officers/ technical staff &
farmers of CSB and DOS.

Management Development Programme (MDP) and Skill Updating Programme (SUP) are proposed for the scientists/ officers/ technical staff and farmers of CSB and DOS with the objective of orienting and updating the concerned with the need based technologies developed by the research institute and also to impart practical training to farmers about the new sericulture technologies. The programmes are conducted with a varying duration of 3-10 days.

Management Development Programme (MDP): It is proposed to conduct 2 batches of training for officers and staff on Rearing Technology & Vermicompost, Compost and green manure preparation techniques.

Skill Updating Programme (SUP): It is proposed to hold two batches training programme on Mulberry varieties and cultivation technique, one batch on Chawki silkworm rearing technique, two batches on Integrated nutrient management components & concepts, two batches on Integrated disease & pest management component & concepts and one batch on late age rearing, shoot feeding, moulting care mounting for farmers

All the Regional Sericultural Research Stations will be conducting training programmes for farmers.

Admission Information for Structured Course

Post Graduate Diploma in Sericulture (PGDS)


Total intake is 40 students which include 20 candidates from Directorate of Sericulture of different states and another 20 seats for fresh candidates which can be filled up on convertible basis.


Candidates who are possessing B.Sc. degree with Sericulture, Zoology, Botany, Biochemistry or Agriculture as electives / optionals with a minimum of 45% marks (40% in case of SC & ST) in aggregate may apply in the prescribed form.

Age limit:

Maximum of 50 Years as on the date of commencement of the course for in-service candidates and minimum 21 years for the fresh candidates.

Fee Structure:

Sponsored by DOS: Rs.5000/-, Sponsored by NGO : Rs.7,500/- and others : Rs.10,000/-

Non-Structured Course

Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS)

Intake: It is proposed to train 15 persons per batch.

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Facilities Offered

  • Faculty
    Highly qualified and experienced faculty members having expertise in different field of sericulture are available for conducting various training programmes (structured & non- structured).

  • Library facilities
    A well equipped library with about 6001 scientific books exclusively for sericulture sciences is available for the trainees in different courses besides 34 national & 10 international scientific journals.

  • Computers
    Computers with intra and Internet facilities are available for the trainees to fulfill their thrust of knowledge.

  • Classrooms
    Well-equipped lecture rooms and laboratory with advanced audiovisual facilities are available for attractive class lectures and practical demonstration.

  • Rearing Houses
    Model rearing houses for demonstration of Mulberry silkworm rearing for the trainees in different designated courses like chawki rearing, multivoltine rearing, bivoltine rearing etc. are available.

  • Mulberry Farm
    A model sericulture farm with 30 acres of mulberry plantation is supporting the trainees for field demonstrations and rearing works in different courses as field laboratory.

  • Grainage facility
    A model grainage for quality seed (laying of silkworm) production is also available, close to the Institute for practical demonstration of commercial seed production techniques.

  • Boarding and Lodging
    Hostel facilities are available for the trainees, having 96 single bedded rooms.

  • Recreation facilities
    Recreation facilities for outdoor and indoor games such as Football, Volley ball, Cricket, Badminton Table Tennis, Carom, are available to enjoy by the trainees during leisure hours.

CSR&TI, Berhampore is a premier research station established during early 1943 to provide the research and development support for promotion of silk industry in the Eastern and Northeastern region. Presently, it functions under the administrative control of Central Silk Board, a statutory body under the ministry of textiles, Govt. of India. The institute is located in the historic district of Murshidabad in West Bengal, where the silk industry has bloomed, flourished and reached its pinnacle. The city is 200 km away from Kolkata and well connected by both Rail and Road.

The institute conducts research in all aspects of sericulture from soil to silk. Vested with the mandate to conduct research, it has made remarkable research break through and outstanding contributions for the overall development of silk industry in the region. On the plant side, new mulberry varieties capable of increasing the productivity and quality of leaf have been developed together with package of practices. On the insect side, productive silkworm breeds suitable to the region have been evolved, and suitable prevention and control measures have been worked out. Even on the reeling front, improved cooking and reeling techniques are suggested. To generate human resources development, tailor made training programme are conducted apart from the regular course of Post Graduate Diploma in Sericulture. All these contributions helped to sustain growth of the industry in this region.

In the recent years, the institute has embarked on a "lab to land" programme to disseminate the research findings into successful economic ventures among the rural people. It's a new phase, a new dimension and a new promise to the industry ahead that acknowledges a greater wisdom and pride.

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