The Institute is established in the year 1981 under the World Bank assisted Karnataka Sericulture Project as an autonomous, non-commercial, non-profit making, an applied Research and Development Institute, registered under Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 (No.10/81-82 dt. 10.4.1981, MOA-No. CI-166/SLP/80/Bangalore Dated 7.3.1981) with the main object of addressing R & D aspects of the Department of Sericulture, GOK, with special emphasis to the field problems. The Institute has been established with adequate infrastructure facilities, well equipped laboratories, sophisticated equipment and qualified scientists. The Institute is conducting research on all aspects of sericulture right from soil to fabric besides the by-products.
" To serve as a basic and applied research Institute, to support the sericultural development in the State of Karnataka."