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