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A Career in Sericulture has always intrigued me. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find information about What Sericulture actually is. Most pages on the internet just talk about How to get into Sericulture. My research about a Career in Sericulture became a lot more meaningful when I found:


Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma’s perspective!

Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma invested 25 years in Sericulture. Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma has worked in Sericulture as Scientist in Govt of India. In Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma’s own words, this is how Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma got into Sericulture: "After doing my PHD in Neuroscience in 1981, I have worked with Zoological Survey of India for 5 years and after that worked with Silk Organization of Government of India for 30 years. I have published 157 research papers and have been awarded with National and International Gold Medals in various fields. I am working as the principal of Alpine Group of Institution since 2012." This link showed on the first page of search results for Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma:

Career Video on Sericulture

In a video, Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma has talked about various aspects of a Career in Sericulture. Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma started by explaining Sericulture as: "Sericulture or silk farming is the cultivation of silkworms to produce silk. Silkworm larvae are fed with mulberry leaves and after the fourth moult, they climb a twig placed near them and spin their silken cocoons. This process is achieved by the worm through a dense fluid secreted from its structural glands, resulting in the fibre of the cocoon." It was a very interesting video and I enjoyed watching it.

I found the video unique because it talked about Education in terms of things which can be learnt from books, to excel at a Career in Sericulture and not as a list of Qualifications, which one needs to get into Sericulture. Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma touches upon these in the Education section of the Video:

  • Botany - Plant Breeding & Genetics
  • Zoology - Specialisation In Entomology
  • Soil Chemistry
  • Types of Silk
  • Knowledge of Climate

Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma then explains why these Skills are essential for a Career in Sericulture:

  • Technical Know How
  • Technologies
  • Techniques
  • Knowledge of Value Added Products

Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma believes that the following are some of the Positives of a Career in Sericulture:

  • Rural Employment
  • Awareness
  • Government Schemes

And, Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma believes that one needs to prepare for following Challenges of a Career in Sericulture:

  • Climatic Conditions
  • Lack of Skilled People
  • Quality & Quantity

In the final section of the video Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma talks about How a day goes in a Career in Sericulture. This video is by far the best video on a Career in Sericulture, that I have ever come across. To see the full Talk, one needs to install the LifePage Career Talks App. Here is a direct deep link of the Video:


Similar Career Talks on LifePage

I continued with my research on LifePage and thoroughly studied these links to gain more perspective:


Career Counseling 2.0

This video on a Career in Sericulture was an eye opener and it got me very interested to learn more about the LifePage platform. Every Career Platform in the world talks about How to get into a Career and LifePage starts first with Why you should choose a particular Career. It is an incredible platform focussed on the right topic. Do have a look at:


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